He’s Becoming a Footnote

Fareed Zakaria, the man who initially called for an international army of 400,000 troops to invade Iraq has now determined that the U.S. is not a nation at war after all. And here’s how he figured this out:

Consider as evidence the behavior of our “war president.” Bush recently explained that for the last few years he has given up golf, because “to play the sport in a time of war” would send the wrong signal. Compare Bush’s “sacrifice” to those made by Americans during World War II, when most able-bodied men were drafted, food was rationed and industries were commandeered to produce military equipment.

And if Bush still played golf would we be at war? Then there’s this syntactical sleight of hand:

It is by now overwhelmingly clear that Al Qaeda and its philosophy are not the worldwide leviathan that they were once portrayed to be.

And how, pray tell, did that change in “portray[al]” come about? It couldn’t have had anything to do with the years of non-war and non-sacrifice on the part of coalition forces, could it?

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