May 01, 2007

Consider the Source

Former Senator Fred Thompson has something to say about the criticisms heaped on the US by her "allies":

It bothers Americans when we're told how unpopular we are with the rest of the world. For some of us, at least, it gets our back up -- and our natural tendency is to tell the French, for example, that we'd rather not hear from them until the day when they need us to bail them out again.

But we cool off. We're big boys and girls, after all, and we don't really bruise that easily. We're also hopeful that, eventually, our ostrich-headed allies will realize there's a world war going on out there and they need to pick a side -- the choice being between the forces of civilization and the forces of anarchy. Considering the fact that the latter team is growing stronger and bolder daily, while most of our European Union friends continue to dismantle their defenses, that day may not be too long in coming.

In the meantime, let's be realistic about the world we live in. Mexican leaders apparently have an economic policy based on exporting their own citizens, while complaining about U.S. immigration policies that are far less exclusionary than their own. The French jail perfectly nice people for politically incorrect comments, but scold us for holding terrorists at Guantanamo.

Russia, though, takes the cake. Here is a government apparently run by ex-KGB agents who have no problem blackmailing whole countries by turning the crank on their oil pipelines. They're not doing anything shady, they say. They can't help it if their opponents are so notoriously accident-prone. Criticize these guys and you might accidentally drink a cup of tea laced with a few million dollars worth of deadly, and extremely rare, radioactive poison. Oppose the Russian leadership, and you could trip and fall off a tall building or stumble into the path of a bullet.

There's more. Read the rest, including why he considers criticism form our allies as a badge of honor.

For someone "not" running for President, he sure as hell acts like he is.

Run Fred Run!

h/t los de Babalu

Posted by caltechgirl at May 1, 2007 01:01 PM | TrackBack

Badge of honor, indeed! Thanks for finding this!

Posted by: Beth at May 1, 2007 02:28 PM

I don't consider blunt criticism of Russia as a fascist state to be acting presidential.

But then, I was too young to remember Ronald Reagan.

He's saying things that need to be said, that other candidates are too delicate to face head on.

Posted by: Daryl Herbert at May 1, 2007 04:42 PM

So far I really really like him. I'm thinking he'll even hold up under scrutiny... plus he can communicate!!!

You're right...
Run Fred Run!

Posted by: Teresa at May 2, 2007 09:03 AM

He's definitely my pick!!

; )

Posted by: Christina at May 2, 2007 10:17 AM