Therefore, David Broder will endorse McCain as reliably as the sun will set in the West and Joe Klein will bash any Democrat that is less than steadfast in their commitment to empire. And Friedman will tell you that the world is flat and your job isn't worth a damn. It's a game, but it's not a foolproof game. Yeah, sometimes it takes a fluke (like Watergate) to give you a Jimmy Carter. And it's true that the Establishment can make life very difficult for any Carter, Clinton, Dean, or Obama/Edwards that gets strange ideas in their head. Assassination is not unknown in this countryThis, from another rather tepid rebuttal from our latest proggie friend, in which he endorses our argument except to note that the press really was mean to Bill Clinton. I do enjoy the Ollie Stone assassination non sequitur, as if that fate awaits Hillary. Hey, maybe she's got a secret memo that's going to end Vietnam!
Anyway, I'm interested in the excerpt above because of its, how-you-say, head-crushingly ahistorical conviction that Jimminy Carter represented some sort of break with practices of the American empire. Fortunately, Carter gave this great speech, from which I'll just give you the highlight:
Let our position be absolutely clear: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.Yeah, the good old days. An outsider, that Carter. A man at odds with his time.