Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Phase 3: Links from Drudge and Instapundit?

In what seems like a desperate reach for links from the "cool" conservative bloggers, the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens organizes an entire column around a 10 year old South Park episode. The underpants gnomes one where the gnomes have a missing Phase 2 on their plan for profit.

This is made the basis of a critique of Barack Obama, who apparently is guilty of announcing desired outcomes without having the process fully elaborated when he announces the outcome.

What a strange thing for a leader to do. It's as if someone made a speech like the following --

I say to the House as I said to ministers who have joined this government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many months of struggle and suffering.

You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs - Victory in spite of all terrors - Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.

Winston Churchill's May 1940 speech was so silly. No Phase 2. It would never pass the South Park laugh test. No wonder he never amounted to anything.

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