Sunday, April 16, 2006

Can we kill 'em tomorrow?

A Mel Brooks production starring Iranian President Ahmadinejad with title assistance from Bill Clinton. If you can't wait for the theatrical release, read this review by Mark Steyn.

The reaction of the international community was swift and ferocious. The White House said that Iran "was moving in the wrong direction." This may have been a reference to the dancers. A simple Radio City kickline would have been better. The British Foreign Office said it was "not helpful." This may have been a reference to the doves round the atom.

You know what's great fun to do if you're on, say, a flight from Chicago to New York and you're getting a little bored? Why not play being President Ahmadinejad? Stand up and yell in a loud voice, "I've got a bomb!" Next thing you know the air marshal will be telling people, "It's OK, folks. Nothing to worry about. He hasn't got a bomb." And then the second marshal would say, "And even if he did have a bomb it's highly unlikely he'd ever use it." And then you threaten to kill the two Jews in row 12 and the stewardess says, "Relax, everyone. That's just a harmless rhetorical flourish." And then a group of passengers in rows 4 to 7 point out, "Yes, but it's entirely reasonable of him to have a bomb given the threatening behavior of the marshals and the cabin crew."

**UPDATE** So there is no confusion for my readers the title of this post came from that darling of the left, Bill Clinton. To me it sounds like the way his entire presidency was run. Kick everything down the road and let someone else deal with it. If Bill and Hill ever get termites in a tiny part of one of their mansions I doubt they will wait to treat the problem until the entire place is infested simply because they know they can "kill 'em tomorrow."

Bill Clinton, the Sultan of Swing, gave an interesting speech last week, apropos foreign policy: "Anytime somebody said in my presidency, 'If you don't do this, people will think you're weak,' I always asked the same question for eight years: 'Can we kill 'em tomorrow?' If we can kill 'em tomorrow, then we're not weak, and we might be wise enough to try to find an alternative way."

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