Tuesday, March 23, 2004

While we're on interviews, in this one from National Review with Kenneth Timmermann, former New York Times correspondent who has lived in France for 18 years, there are all kinds of answers to interesting questions, like what was the deal between Chirac and Saddam, why the Bush Administration is so angry with Chirac and the French government, and what role oil really played in the Iraq War.

Here's a Bill Kristol piece from the Weekly Standard, in which he rather predictably gives Zap and the Spanish electorate a good verbal thrashing similar to those we've been handing out over the past few days. Kristol then goes all wobbly on us, saying that maybe the problem is that the United States isn't getting its message across to the people of other nations. Well, yeah, but that's pretty hard to do in someplace like Spain, where the universally anti-American media isn't going to help us present that message and, in fact, will label all American attempts to get its message across as blatant propaganda not to be trusted. As for appealing directly to the people, how do you do that without media cooperation? Kristol's just not in touch with reality about popular feelings toward the United States in Europe. He seems to think they can be changed. I know he's wrong.

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