11 May 2006

President Bush's 'Fourth Way'

As President, Bill Clinton popularized the 'Third Way', which was one of the incarnations of triangulating against one's own base and the opposition. The Third Way, when successfully executed, yields a healthy percentage of the moderate middle, while alienating only a small percentage of the hard-core base, which will still likely vote along party lines.
Long story short; in failing to deal effectively with the Mexico problem, President Bush is pioneering the Fourth Way, in which an attempted appeasement of the middle will fail to yield any of the moderate vote, while radicalizing the base to the extent that they do not vote, or even protest in disgust by voting for another candidate.
Even President Reagan could not leap this chasm in two short hops--the 1986 amnesty was one of his few unmitigated failures. Bush is a fool to try.
This Fourth Way is the mirror reflection of the Third Way; halfway between the two ends of the political spectrum, but rather than elevated in success, sunken in failure.

08 May 2006

The Proper Response from Bush to Ahmadinejad

Look at this:
My Way News - Officials: Iran's President Writes to Bush
"In the letter, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposes "new solutions for getting out of international problems and the current fragile situation of the world," spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham told a news conference."


This took me about fifteen seconds, but I'm a little slow tonight. Here is what President Bush should tell his polar opposite:
"The next time I speak to an Iranian dictator it will be over your dead body. Trust is important and I will never trust you. If you think that you'll get a different answer when I am no longer President, you go ahead and wait. You and the horse you rode in on. Meanwhile, your nucular [sic] program needs to stop. NOW."

The beauty of this is that it not only shows Iran that we will not be bought off with vaguely intimated hopes, and that we know without a doubt that there is no hope behind the slippery dictator's words, just more delays for the West to accept while the "Iranhattan Project" continues; it also shows the rest of the world, bad guys and good, that the United States will not be shoved around just because elections loom in 2006 and 2008.

Beyond Beauty, however, lies virtue, and the virtue of this is that even if the Republicans lost the White House, House, Senate, Five justices and all of the State Governorships to the Democrats; the Democrats would still be forced to take a tough line with Iran. Nothing is guaranteed, but this is as close as it gets, and there is truly nothing to lose but time and freedom to act.

For those who are inclined to argue that my plan prejudices any productive outcome of working with rather than against Iran, please see the previous post, entitled "Pony".