Allow me to take a brief break from my Kim Bauer obsession in order to address a very serious matter. Craig Crawford writes on HuffPost:
I have been watching dozens of back episodes of Fox Broadcasting's '24' over the holidays, and so far I haven't seen rogue U.S. counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer stop once for a court warrant -- not even when he sawed off the head of an informant he was interrogating. Come to think of it, I haven't heard the Constitution mentioned a single time as Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, repeatedly breaks the rules to thwart terrorist plots.Crawford writes this as an indictment of Bush. Is he kidding? Is he completely unaware of the wild popularity of the show? Is he oblivious to the fact that many, many Americans desperately wish Jack Bauer was leading the war on terrorism?
This is how the President wants us to see the real world. Indeed, George Bush is the Jack Bauer of presidential power. There are no rules in Bush's world when it comes to the War on Terror[...]
Furthermore, Crawford shows his distinct ignorance of the show. George Bush is not the Jack Bauer of presidential power. That's absurd. You don't need a Jack Bauer of presidential power, when you, conveniently, have a powerful, fast-acting presidential figure right there to set up as an example—if anything Crawford should have said that George Bush is the David Palmer of the real world. Personally, I'd disagree with even that—but if he was, he'd certainly have my unflinching support.
Seriously, the guy saved the world 4 times already—and Crawford thinks comparing him to Bush is going to hurt the president's image?
Delusional people scare me. And now, back to my regular Kim-blogging...
UPDATE [12/28/2005 - 17:53]: This just in... Rasmussen (via InstaPundit) has polling information that suggests the same thing I was talking about above. The "keeper stat" (as John Madden might say):
Not only are Americans not bothered by the news that the NSA was tapping our phone lines, but 74% of us thought it was already happening. (Come on, we've all heard the stories of massive supercomputers at Fort Meade that listen in for words like "bomb," "terrorist," "president," "assasinate," etc. Who knew they weren't true?)
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree[...]
Just 26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news.
I think it's time for the U.S. to adopt a new motto:
America: A nation of Palmers—we want Jack; France can have Logan (and Kerry) back.UPDATE [12/30/2005 - 1:48]: And here's another one! Unbelievable:
After many long nights of contemplating the domestic and foreign policies of our esteemed leader President George W. Bush, I think I have finally figured out both his philosophy and my problem with it.Why do these people think this is a convincing argument? In the next paragraph, we get a bit of a hint—it is only persuasive to people who've never seen the show, and the author knows it:
President Bush obviously has been watching too much of the television series '24.'
For those of you unfamiliar with the Fox program, '24' depicts a fictional governmental unit called CTU - Counter Terrorist Unit. The main characters are Agent Jack Bauer and Senator/President/Ex-President David Palmer. Together, these two men deal with and defeat terrorists who try and attack the United States and inflict terrible casualties upon innocent Americans.People who are familiar with the show, of course, think that maybe the President is doing the right thing.