Nov. 13 was a good day for America and a great day for George W. Bush. Kabul fell, the Taliban were suddenly on the run, and the president's men and U.S. armed forces seemed to have engineered a brilliant victory without the loss of a single American in combat.
The special bipartisanship that existed in the immediate aftermath of September 11th is officially over. Many in the media are mourning the loss of their coveted ideal: neutered politicians who engage in group hugs and sing God Bless America.
When the NAACP, Urban League and black politicians talk about civil rights, they talk mostly about how many blacks are in college, the racial composition of schools and neighborhoods or the number of blacks employed in what positions.
Conservative commentators regularly criticize the elite media for their undisclosed liberal bias and their penchant for creating – rather than reporting –news. Their foolishness continues unabated, but other factors may be contributing to their mischief: boredom and narcissism.
The Bush administration's announcements that it will delay indefinitely the admission of refugees from terrorist countries, and that it will find and deport foreigners who are illegally in the United States because their visa terms have expired, are two moves in the right direction.
It's too bad that one of Mayor Rudy Giuliani's final acts in office had to be the scolding of New York City's sorely needed and, as far as I'm concerned, forever-unimpeachable firefighters.