Emmett Tyrrell

The other day journalists from mainstream media began calling our offices at The American Spectator asking us what Alito wrote about in his articles. Our publisher, the far-right Al Regnery, fielded the calls. I wish they had called me. I would have told them about the young lawyer's beautifully worded essay demonstrating that the earth is flat. I would have mentioned his short piece on the need to drop the big one on Hanoi and Berkeley, California. I wonder if the journalists would have recognized that I was pulling their legs.

The "far right" that the liberals now inveigh against has been politically ascendant since 1980. Sixteen years before that, when it captured the Republican Party, one might have sympathized with the liberals' characterization of it, though it was an exaggeration even then. To keep grinding this ax for forty years is to demonstrate precisely how intellectually jejune the liberals and the Democrats are. They have become museum pieces and will soon be mortuary pieces if they do not come up with something positive to say.

Now they advocate cutting and running from Iraq, just as the Iraqis are moving into a position to defend themselves and to elect a constitutional government. They are saying the invasion of Iraq was all a "big mistake." Those are the words of our last playboy president, uttered at the American University of Dubai the other day. America under this cowboy president was reckless in invading Iraq and attempting to spread democracy there.

Well allow me to quote an earlier president speaking to a joint session of Congress on March 12, 1947: "I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressure." That was President Harry Truman enunciating what came to be called the Truman Doctrine. He was summoning Congress to the defense of Greece and Turkey. The critics urged restraint, saying Greece was corrupt and Turkey undemocratic. Truman proceeded despite them and both countries have done rather well thanks to Americans who thought they could spread democracy. May I suggest that President Bush dust off the Truman Doctrine? That might make the smug Democrats squirm.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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