WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For those who enjoy politics as entertainment, events this past week provided a great deal of amusement. In California -- or "CullyForNeeUh," as it is better known these days -- the Oct. 7 recall election is back on. Just when it looked like former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher would ride into "CullyForNeeUh" on horseback, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned its own panel of judges who had, just the week before, blocked the election from taking place next month.
Then there was (and remains) the incessant media hype about Hillary Rodham. It seems the Fourth Estate is bored to tears with Doc, Sleepy, Grumpy, Dopey and the rest of the dwarfs running for president on the Democrat side -- so they are stalking Hillary, watching her every move and parsing her every word. For what its worth, Hillary says she is not running. William Jefferson Rodham, however, is reportedly trying to change her mind.
One candidate who is running, with help from the Rodham Clintons, is Gen. Wesley Clark. The general took months to decide if he was a Democrat or a Republican. Then he took time to decide if he really wanted to run. Then he agonized about when to announce. He finally got in the race, insisting he can provide the country with decisive leadership.
That decisive leadership was on display the first day of the campaign when, after spending months criticizing the decision to remove Saddam from power, Clark decided he was in favor of the war and would have voted for it had he been in Congress. Wait. Scratch that. The next day, he re-decided he was against the war again.
Then there was the circus at the United Nations annual General Assembly session in New York. President George W. Bush was scheduled between U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and French President Jacques Chirac, as if the United States represents the halftime entertainment act to be kindly indulged before the real players get back to running their New World Order.
The pessimists, pundits and papers all bemoaned the fact that President Bush's remarks drew little applause from the members of the U.N. General Assembly. That's true, but none of them took time to analyze why.
Bush spoke of the evil of terrorism and the urgent need to defeat it and those who sponsor, support or tolerate it. He could not have been more clear.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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