Ike and Bush Compared

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There’s so much chest-thumping, so many alarums about Iraqi menace, that I sometimes feel that the only patriotic thing to do is to invade Iraq and plow salt into its soil.

So it’s useful to conjure a conservative war hero like Dwight Eisenhower and consider what he would do if he were president today. After his experience with Hitler, Ike would stand up to the lily-livered pussy-footing peaceniks and squish Saddam Hussein like a bug, right?

No, probably not.

Sometimes I like what Kristof has to say. But more in general, I have been thinking about the similarities between the Gulf War and the Suez Canal incident. I think there is a lot more to be said about all this — especially considering the switch in the roles that France and America are playing…