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Giuliani Gives Obama a History Lesson

Posted by Mike on October 17, 2007

Democrats often cite Ronald Reagan when trying to defend their inexplicable desire to negotiate with America’s irrational enemies like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. According to them, if Reagan negotiated with the USSR, then we can negotiate with a leader who spends his free time threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. What these Democrats always fail to mention in their selective retelling of history are the events which preceded Reagan’s dealings with the reasonable and rational Mikhail Gorbachev.

Finally, one of the Republican candidate for President has filled in the gaps of the Democrats’ selective recall. Responding to Barack Obama’s factually incomplete account of history, Rudy Giuliani reminded the empty suit of Ronald Reagan’s pre-Gorbachev stance toward the Soviet Union:

In a barbed speech, Mr. Giuliani told Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, who justified his pledge to negotiate with enemy leaders by pointing to Mr. Reagan’s negotiations with Soviet leaders, that he got his history wrong.

“I say this most respectfully — you’re not Ronald Reagan,” he said.

“Here’s what Ronald Reagan did before he negotiated with the communists. First, he called them the ‘Evil Empire.’ Then he took missiles — he put them in European cities, and he pointed the missiles at Russian cities with names on them. And then he said, in his very nice way, ‘Let’s negotiate,’ …” Mr. Giuliani said, drawing waves of laughter and applause.

This was long overdue.

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Dalai Does Washington

Posted by Ryan on October 17, 2007

Emerging from his undisclosed location when no one is watching except those home-stricken few or college types just waking up, surfing down the channels on their way to Maury or Jerry, flipping around in between technical school commercials.  But, anyway.  Bush hit on a lot of good topics , each worthy of their own post: like the status of SCHIP, World War III and Iran, the obstructionist Dems on FISA, Comrade Commisar and (former) KGB apparatchik Putin, and the new Congressional Gold Medal recipient, the Dalai Lama.

On the Dalai Lama: I actually saw him give a two-hour speech at Rutgers a few years ago on a brisk Sunday morning in September.  The audience was quite eclectic:  ex-hippies, Rutgers kids working off their hangovers, Christianites looking to convert others in the audience, but mostly those like me who felt it was just a neat opportunity to see a world-renowned philosophical figure speaking in one’s own backyard.  His message had to be translated and we heard his monks sing some really bassy Eastern-flavored religious tunes, which was neat for me being such a music fan. 

What he had to say was that peace should always be preferred to war, the Middle Path is important for a fulfilling life, and respecting human dignity is key to world happiness.  Actually, it was not really revolutionary stuff and I didn’t feel any closer to Enlightenment, though it was a great morning.  In China, though, that message could get you killed, deported, or tortured, and is viewed as inflammatory political speech. 

The Dalai Lama and his immediate followers are centered in India and have been since being chased out of Tibet in 1959.  China has been furious about Bush and Congress embracing the Dalai Lama, but their threats and anger are just for show.  China has devolutionary pressures in Tibet, in the southern Canton region, and Taiwan.  Taiwan has been ruling independent of China since 1949, and we’ll see how long that’ll remain in tact.  Yet, the Cantonese language and culture in the South has been brutalized by Beijing, and Tibet’s fate has been much the same but more high-profile.  Thanks to the efforts of the Dalai Lama, attention is persistently being drawn to the dark side of China: the brutal repressive side that does not take the will of the people into account over the demands of the state.  It’s also the side we don’t like to think about as we trade with a country with over a billion consumers of American goods and services.

Pic from the Rag and the Bone Man blog.

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