Roger L. Simon

Message to Bashar, etc.

An article in India Daily is confirming what has been reported earlier — three US carrier groups appear headed for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. I’m sure this is getting the attention of Bashar and the Mullahs and, at the very least, emphasizes that the US is serious about Syria vacating Lebanon.

Is that all? Do we know more than we are saying about the Iranian nuclear arsenal? What was Bush actually telling the Europeans in private on his recent trip? I have no answers. Do you?

Meanwhile, I find James Rubins’ pro-Wolfowitz oped in the NYT this morning (linked by Instapundit) a hopeful sign of sanity, especially the last paragraph:

Democrats struggling with the appointment of Mr. Wolfowitz may want to keep in mind that spreading democracy is a bipartisan mission. As they say, in politics sometimes you have to let the other guy have your way.

The great British Victorian William Morris had a considerably more sophisticated version of a similar idea: “Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes out not to be what they meant, other men have to fight for what they meant under another name.

Yes, I know I’ve quoted that on here before, but it’s one of my favorites. Humor me.