Dover Bitch

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Blame this

DB has wondered when the Republicans will finally stop blaming Bill Clinton for things. It has to happen eventually, right? Not soon, but at some point in history, don't you think?

Actually, it looks more and more likely that the last day of blaming Clinton will never get here. Look how the American Spectator (no link, jerks) responds to the North Korean nuke test:

Jimmy Carter? These guys are reaching. And now John McCain is sailing on the warship U.S.S. Blame Clinton. It's like Bush took office on Friday.

Bush deflects accountability by saying History should be the judge (even though he claims to know what History will say about the Present). Meanwhile the GOP Congress deflects any requests for oversight on the run-up to Iraq by saying it's all in the past and hindsight is 20-20.

Then we have our U.N. Ambassador, John Bolton, telling Lou Dobbs things like this:

DOBBS: The North Koreans have made it clear they want to talk bilaterally, direct talks with the United States. The United States has insisted that it remain a six party configuration. Any suggestion that that would change?

BOLTON: Well, this idea that everything would change if only he had direct bilateral contact between the United States and North Korea is a way of saying this is all America's fault. And of course there are always those who blame America first, as Jeanne Kirkpatrick once said.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) used the "blame America first" line on Tucker today, as well.

Kirkpatrick's 1984 speech included hits like this:

"When Marxist dictators shoot their way into power in Central America, the San Francisco Democrats don't blame the guerrillas and their Soviet allies. They blame United States policies of 100 years ago. But then they always blame America first."

So don't criticize Bush for anything. Let History be the judge. Let 100 years go by. And then... continue to shut up.

But go ahead and blame Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. They weren't American presidents (and sons of the South). They were Democrats.

Blame gays, abortionists, people who enjoy a latte... Blame anybody in a Blue State. California is just begging for a North Korean strike.

Just don't blame Bush or Bolton. Because that's blaming America.

Note: In the above link about McCain, Digby links to an excellent Fred Kaplan article about North Korea. As DB wrote in the last post, Kaplan is one of the only reasons to read Slate anymore, and today he again writes about the North Korean predicament.

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