MAUREEN DOWD : Junior Needs a Spanking & More
MAUREEN DOWD - The New York Times
26 Aug 2006 13:31 GMT
Dowd: Spanking Junior - Somebody has got to grab the stubborn, shuttered scion wearing the ”43„ windbreaker and talk some sense into him.
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Junior Needs a Spanking
By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: August 26, 2006
The Old King put the Boy King over his knee yesterday and gave him a good thwack with a lobster-shaped paddle.
O.K., that didn't happen, but don't you wish it had?
Junior certainly deserves it, with recent attempts to blame his dad for policies that led to 9/11 and the rise of Osama and Middle East terrorism.
As with so many things about this byzantine, Shakespearean relationship between father and son, reunited here at last for a wedding, a christening and a funeral this weekend, it's an ironic turn of events.
The son was furious when the father was painted as a wimp in the 1988 campaign, and now he and his spinners are painting 41 as a weak leader. W.'s pain at what happened to his aristocratic dad with "the wimp factor" led him to overreact in the other direction when he became president, embracing a West Texas-tough, muscle-bound foreign policy that shunned diplomacy, nuance, compromise, multilateral treaties and allied coalitions as measures that reflected impotence.
And now it has led him to scapegoat his own father, and Bill Clinton, for sending signals of weakness that encouraged the terrorists — even as many Middle East experts say it is W.'s culturally obtuse, diplomatically averse and morally simplistic style that has spurred terrorism and made the world more dangerous.
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