President Bush’s State of the Union address is over and is now being dissected. I saw some of the analysis on Fox News with Brit Hume’s round table and can’t understand the yawning pessimism. The speech as a whole was great. The president’s delivery was energetic, serious and at times very witty. He hit a homerun.
A Revealing Moment………
The president drew the Democrats out with his statement on social security. He paused momentarily, tricking them into revealing themselves as the negative do nuthins they are. Imagine. Jumping up and cheering about not saving Social Security. Hillary seemed really happy about it. And yet she couldn’t crack a smile when the president said something kind about Bill Clinton.
Bill Kristol wasn’t impressed with much of the speech and seemed especially disappointed with the president’s handling of Iran.
Here’s part of the president’s remarks on Iran…..
The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions – and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons. America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats. And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our Nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.
I wasn’t disappointed in the soft talk at all and think President Bush was wise to address the people of Iran instead of the terror mullahs. What does Bill Kristol expect President Bush to say to the extremists in charge of that country? In hostage situations many times authorities address the hostages instead of the hostage takers. That is what the president was doing. Appealing to the Iranian students and others who have access to television and the internet. Thinking, rational people. People who may desire freedom.
That the president addressed the Iranian people as he did is somewhat unsettling but not surprising. In a past SOTU address President Bush named Iran along with North Korea as countries in an Axis of Evil. There is now even more evidence that it is true. The president let Iran and North Korea know in no uncertain tones where they stood with our country then and he was very clear in a much more subtle way in tonight’s SOTU. He went over the heads of the terror mullahs and spoke to the people.
Very Reaganesque and appropriate. The words were less forceful but the meaning was clearly serious. 2006 is going to be a very serious year.