One can contrast people in many ways: the fat and the thin, the rich and the poor, those who play the tuba and those who don't. In assessing the opinions of our Iraq policy, perhaps the most useful dichotomy is of those who consider the consequences of acts and those who don't. In that regard, special attention should be given to the opinions of Sen. Edward Kennedy and some of the other war critics who are calling for a prompt departure.
It is a well-established principle of developmental psychology that young children have no sense of cause and effect. They live in a magical world in which things just seem to happen. They don't understand that if you pull a gun's trigger, a bullet will come out. They don't even understand the finality of death. Things just seem to appear, disappear and re-appear.
In fact, the earliest perception of cause and effect turns out to be a false one. Babies cry, and a mother brings them milk. They cry, and a mother brings them a blanket. They are thirsty, and water is brought to them. They cry, and a mother changes their nappy. Thus the immature mind develops the magical idea that the physical world can be manipulated by merely wishing for something.
But usually by 5 or 6, and certainly by 8 or 9, the human mind comprehends cause and effect, and tries to do things in the present that will cause a desired future fact to come into being. Thus the mature mind tends to think largely about the future.
And then there is Ted Kennedy and the exit strategy crowd. They mock, ridicule and criticize the president's war effort but have never described the consequences of their own policy of prompt withdrawal of troops. Like the immature attitude of a young child, they don't like the current circumstances in Iraq (as who does?) and simply want to wish it away, with no consideration to the effect of such an action.
Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.
In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.