March 26, 2009
Mind Boggling

Pick your favorite metaphor for an unlikely event.   Perhaps you like pigs are flying, or possibly the more traditional hell is freezing over.  Whatever you pick will apply to this piece by David Horsey.

I won't give away the contents, but I will say that I hope that Horsey's former colleague, D. Parvaz, was close to a hospital emergency room when she read it.

I won't speculate on why Horsey wrote this now, but I will say that I am pleased to welcome his step back toward the real world.

By way of Orbusmax.

(But that doesn't mean that I will call off next week's Horsey editorial cartoon.)

Posted by Jim Miller at March 26, 2009 12:30 PM | Email This
1. I read it too. I don't like how he got to his conclusion but it was a start. Glad you picked up on it, though.

Posted by: swatter on March 26, 2009 12:36 PM
2. My cynical side says this is not a change of opinion but rather a ploy to drive eyeballs to the "new"

Posted by: WestBellevueDad on March 26, 2009 01:21 PM
3. What's really entertaining is to read the responses of the totall wigged out left-wing extremists that make up the core of the PI readership.

They are totally in need of a diaper change right now.

Posted by: johnny on March 26, 2009 01:41 PM
4. "Still, history rewards good results even if the path to those results is littered with corpses and lies."

hmm. He must be referring to those lies by Bill Clinton and a gaggle of other Democrats who called for "regime change" in IRAQ long before George Bush was on the scene.

Pop Quiz Horsey: Who said this?

[What if Saddam]"fails to comply, and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route which gives him yet more opportunities to develop his program of weapons of mass destruction and continue to press for the release of the sanctions and continue to ignore the solemn commitments that he made? Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction."
The president's warnings are firm. "If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow." The stakes, he says, could not be higher. "Some day, some way, I guarantee you, he'll use the arsenal."

A: President Bill Clinton on February 18, 1998 speaking at the pentagon after meeting with the Joint Chiefs of staff.

The difference between George Bush and Bill Clinton is that like many liberals with their head in the clouds diplomacy, Clinton believed "regime change" could be achieved through the innocuous (yet simplistic) placing of a bumper sticker slogan ala 'free tibet'on your rusted out gas bucket of a vehicle right here in Seattle and for that matter, Anytown,USA.
Very intimidating I know, but not quite the encouragement needed to induce a sea change needed to a dangerous part of world still largely living in the 7th century mindset.

Posted by: Rick D. on March 26, 2009 01:42 PM
5. You cannot make a leopard change its spots.


Posted by: Leo Kabigting on March 26, 2009 01:45 PM
6. I thought Horsey was saying, "Bush is a still a conniving dishonest crook who went to war for oil and Haliburton. But it might work out ok anyway."

Reminds me of one of the lines from that old cartoon, "A Charlie Brown Christmas",

"Charlie Brown is a blockhead, but he did get a nice tree."

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 26, 2009 01:52 PM
7. Yeah, on second thought, Bush should have just sent Saddam some YouTube videos. That would have worked better. I'm sure Iran will be giving up their nuclear program any moment.

Posted by: Palouse on March 26, 2009 02:13 PM
8. No one likes to be proven wrong, even Horsey. (Any connection to horsesass?)
Horsey now has to start spinning his words so it looks like he was right.
Kudos to Horsey for knowing what is right and what is wrong, even though it took him a while to admit it.
Probably afraid of Acorn terrorizing him before if he spoke out against Democratic Talking Points.

Posted by: Bozak on March 26, 2009 02:27 PM
9. No one likes to be proven wrong, even Horsey. (Any connection to horsesass?)
Horsey now has to start spinning his words so it looks like he was right.
Kudos to Horsey for knowing what is right and what is wrong, even though it took him a while to admit it.
Probably afraid of Acorn terrorizing him before if he spoke out against Democratic Talking Points.

Posted by: Bozak on March 26, 2009 02:28 PM
10.  >Rick D wrote:
 >Pop Quiz Horsey: Who said this?
Can I play too?
Who said this?
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members...

Posted by: Bozak on March 26, 2009 02:37 PM
11. Wow, I agree, a balanced piece that is on the whole, pretty objective and accurate. It's clear that in light of the falling MSM star, Horsey feels he is obliged to actually practice some real journalism, instead of just PR. In other words, now he has to work for a living. And, possibly, with time, his BDS is actually healing.

Now if only the millions of other media folks would do the same, and start to realize that Obama deserves just as much scrutiny as Bush, as does any President.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 26, 2009 03:16 PM
12. All along, there has been the chance that Iraqis could claw there way out of chaos and quagmire and start building a more stable society.

I guess their editors were let go. . . .

Posted by: Frank Black on March 26, 2009 03:24 PM
13. David Horsey has apparently pulled his head out of the sand long enough to notice that the 'surge' worked (most of us knew that a year ago) and that Iraqis are working up a functioning government, with votes even. Welcome to reality, finally.

But on the way to his admission of those facts, he got out his bass drum and beat desperately to repeat every lefty talking point that the MSM spewed during their 6-year negative campaign against the Bush administration. And in signing off he did his best to sneer that the historical verdict on President Bush would, apparently, agree with himself on what a minor niche Bush would be assigned in the Great Sports-Analogy Hall of Statistics written by leftwing history professors of the future.

Thank heavens those aren't the only historians who will write about the Bush presidency. And it won't be too long before they'll have an Obama presidency for comparison. So far, Obama has admittedly trounced Bush in the slick-talking, the self-admiration, the defeatist and the obscene-national-debt categories. Oh yes, and the failed-educational-funds disbursement in Chicago category too, though it was 'only' 150 million. What other records might he score heavily enough on to defeat Bush in the Great Sports-Analogy Hall of Statistics?

Posted by: Insufficiently Sensitive on March 26, 2009 04:09 PM
14. I don't have anything insightful to add. I just want to comment on my favorite line to describe the seemingly impossible.

From Wayne's World: Yeah, and monkeys might flight out of my butt.

Horsey is, indeed, showing a bit of uncharacteristic foresight. And is that the crowning head of a winged monkey I see?

Posted by: Chad Minnick on March 26, 2009 04:12 PM
15. You know, our current Secretary of State beat the drum for war the loudest when she proclaimed:

"Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price."

September 13, 2001: Senator Hillary Clinton (two days before President Bush used the same basic phrase)

But that's OK, the Leftist dolts will still claim it was just George Bush's desire to avenge his daddy...

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on March 26, 2009 05:18 PM
16. David Horsey will soon be arrested and sent to re-education camp for this. The others on the Left will make him sorry he ever penned such words. Interestingly, I think I once heard John Carlson say that....are you ready....Dan Savage supports the Iraq war. He is probably nodding his head in agreement with Horsey right now.

OTOH, Medved pointed out that even AP at a presser this week was asking Obama "the hard questions" about B.O.'s wild, out-of-control spending. Maybe with all the newspapers failing and dying, these people are looking around and hearing the deriding criticisms that "they aren't reporters; they're supporters"! (of B.O., that is). maybe they decided they better appeal to the other half of the country, as well, if they don't want to go down the drain, as well.

Posted by: Michele on March 26, 2009 06:16 PM
17. I want to know how Bush, being the dumbest human that ever existed, managed to fool all of these super smart and nuanced people into voting to give him authority to take on Iraq and Afghanistan so he and his Haliburton buddies could get rich on the oil.

Posted by: Huey on March 26, 2009 06:21 PM
18. It will be just like the Cold War, where liberals told us that communist victory was inevitable and Jimmy Carter told us younger generations to get used to having less than past ones. These days the lying sacks of crap liberal claim THEY won the cold war.

There is nothing lower and more traitorous than a liberal.

Posted by: pbj on March 26, 2009 06:46 PM
19. Hi all,

No one can predict the future. What Horsey is saying is Iraq may turn out well, and this will prove Bush was right.

Nothing could be stupider.

I opposed the attack on Iraq from the beginning, not because I thought it wouldn't work out.

I didn't know whether it would or not, neither did anyone else. For the sake of our troops and the Iraqis, I hoped it would go magnificently.

But it was the wrong thing to do, regardless of how it ultimately turns out. It's always wrong to be the first to resort to violence.

Morality has to drive policy.

Thanks all,

New Left Conservative # 1


Posted by: new left conservative # 1 on March 26, 2009 09:23 PM
20. new left, I didnt see anybody at the UN willing to enforce Saddam's violations from the first gulf war sanctions. He broke the deal several times. Forget the WMD whinings.
But if you think leaving somebody in power who liked to put people in plastic shredding machines, cut limbs off and such was a good thing, go live there. Personally, I'm willing to bet theres a few million people out there living under dictatorships that would love our troops to come in and install democracy. (see this past Sunday's Times article on the subject)
I'll never forget the people in the streets of Iraq saying "Thank you George Bush. My life for president Bush"
Ah but that video is probably hidden deep in the MSM newsroom today.

Posted by: PC on March 26, 2009 11:30 PM
21. FYI -- EX PI blogs are all over the place.

Posted by: UBayane on March 27, 2009 01:57 PM
22. He'll still be David Horsepuckey to me because his actions indicate his support for a nanny state.

Posted by: KS on March 28, 2009 05:36 PM
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