Have you ever been faced with doing something you don’t want to do? When my niece is confronted with the Herculean task of cleaning her bedroom, it is amazing to see what tasks she’d rather do. I’ve seen her sweep the front porch unasked and clean out her guinea pig’s cage rather than go upstairs. As nice as it might be to use the Augean stables method of cleaning her room, it is important for my niece to learn how to keep her own room clean. Eventually she will face the inevitable and tackle her room. By “tackle” I mean she picks something up, and then it’s time to start drawing and playing.
I have been guilty of this same thing myself (quiet, Mom!). I should post something here biweekly, but I have slacked off recently. This is partially because I have spent some time visiting family, and that cuts into my writing time, but partially because writing about liberal Democrats can be so boring. I could (and should!) write articles on other subjects, but this being an election year, political topics seem to spring to mind more frequently than other subjects.
While there are many reasons to avoid doing something, there are also numerous reasons why people are compelled to do things. Money, fame, and power are three common reasons. But let’s look at the actions and motivations of four “Stupid White Men,” to use Michael Moore’s book title in a way he probably didn’t envision.
Speaking of Michael Moore, he is the first in my list of four. “Documentary” filmmaker Michael Moore is the writer and director of several movies, including Roger & Me, the Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine, and most recently Fahrenheit 9/11. Considering the Oscar win, you’d think Moore’s movies would be universally well-liked, but that’s not quite the case. People have written here, here, here, and here about how they dislike Fahrenheit 9/11. In the last two weeks, I have twice been asked whether I was planning on seeing this film. In both cases, I explained why I would not–primarily because Moore does not make documentaries. Documentaries are unstaged and factual, and Moore’s “documentaries” are both staged and lacking in facts. At times when Moore actually uses facts, he will combine them in such a way as to produce a false impression. Why did Moore spend the time and effort to create Fahrenheit 9/11? It is obvious–he hates President Bush and will do anything to keep him from being reelected.
Joseph Wilson hit the headlines last year, when stories began to surface about his trip to Niger to investigate the sale of yellow-cake uranium to Iraq. I wrote how Democrats were up in arms about Bob Novak’s supposed “outing” of Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA agent. Wilson claimed in his book and in interviews that Plame was not at all involved in his being selected for the mission to Niger, but oops, she was. Wilson says that his eight days of “drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens of people” convinced him that Niger was not involved in selling yellow-cake uranium to Iraq. Since then, the Netherlands reported finding some scrap steel tubes with yellow-cake uranium in them. As Christopher Hitchens summed up, “The missed story is the increasing evidence that Niger, in West Africa, was indeed the locus of an illegal trade in uranium ore for rogue states including Iraq.” Or as Mark Steyn explains, “In 1999, a senior Iraqi ‘trade’ delegation went to Niger. Uranium accounts for 75 percent of Niger’s exports. The rest is goats, cowpeas and onions.” Why did Wilson spend the time and effort to claim Iraq’s plans to purchase yellow-cake uranium were groundless? It is obvious–he hates President Bush and will do anything to keep him from being reelected.
Richard Clark was a former counter-terrorism adviser who testified before the 9/11 Commission about the Clinton and Bush administrations’ plans to combat terrorism. He testified before the Commission behind closed doors for hours, and then again openly to catch the media spotlight. He succeeded in thumping his chest and giving his mea culpas when he said, “I failed you.” And as the Clinton administration’s head of counter-terrorism for eight years, he certainly had. Let me refresh your memory a bit: the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the loss of 18 soldiers in Somalia in 1993, failure to capture Osama bin Laden as he left Sudan in 1996, the bombing of the Khobar Towers in 1996, the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, and the attack on the USS Cole in 2000. But apparently, President Bush was to blame for failing to do in less than eight months what President Clinton failed to do for eight years in office. Yep, it’s all George Bush’s fault.
Clark testified before the 9/11 Commission that “Intelligence reports on the Al Qaeda threat were frequently given to the President and it was an urgent problem that was never treated that way.” But he himself disagrees with his own testimony. In a briefing he gave to the press in 2002, Clark said “there was no plan on Al Qaeda that was passed from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration.” He also said of the new Bush administration’s policy that it was changed “from one of rollback with Al Qaeda over the course of five years, which it had been, to a new strategy that called for the rapid elimination of Al Qaeda.” Clark further stated, “President Bush told us in March to stop swatting at flies and just solve this problem…” So in 2002 he said one thing, and in 2004 he said another. This makes Clark what is technically called a “liar.” Why did Clark change his tune before the 9/11 Commission? It is obvious–he hates President Bush and will do anything to keep him from being reelected.
The fourth in our list of Stupid White Men is Sandy Berger, former National Security Advisor to President Clinton. He has been most recently working as an informal adviser to the Kerry campaign, but he left this position when “Pantsgate” came to light. In a nutshell, Berger admitted to taking top secret and code-word documents from their secure location, conveying them to his home, and then losing them. “In the course of reviewing over several days thousands of pages of documents on behalf of the Clinton administration in connection with requests by the September 11 commission, I inadvertently took a few documents from the Archives,” Berger wrote. “When I was informed by the Archives that there were documents missing, I immediately returned everything I had except for a few documents that I apparently had accidentally discarded.” He “inadvertently” took a number of 15- to 30-page documents by secreting them in his jacket, pants and socks. Boy, I can’t tell you how often I inadvertently take multi-page documents by slipping them into my socks.
In the case of Moore, Wilson, and Clark, it is obvious that they despise President Bush, and their words and actions back this up. But in the case of Berger, hate was not his motivation. It was fear, and the need to vacuum up any incriminating files that might do him harm. But even though Berger has committed (and confessed to) multiple felonies, he will never be charged for these acts for a simple, common four-word excuse:
He is a Democrat.