March 02, 2005

Go To Hell, Nancy Soderberg

Taranto TiVo'd an interview last evening on The Daily Show between Jon "I'm So Smarmy I Make Vasoline Seem Viscous" Stewart and former Clintonista Nancy Soderberg, who was on to flog a new book expounding on the eviiiiils of American hegemony.

What she really wound up doing was exposing the black heart of much of the current geopolitical thinking on the Left. Let's go to the highlight reel:

Stewart: But what do you make of--here's my dilemma, if you will. I don't care for the way these guys conduct themselves--and this is just you and I talking, no cameras here [audience laughter]. But boy, when you see the Lebanese take to the streets and all that, and you go, "Oh my God, this is working," and I begin to wonder, is it--is the way that they handled it really--it's sort of like, "Uh, OK, my daddy hits me, but look how tough I'm getting." You know what I mean? Like, you don't like the method, but maybe--wrong analogy, is that, uh--?

Soderberg: Well, I think, you know, as a Democrat, you don't want anything nice to happen to the Republicans, and you don't want them to have progress. But as an American, you hope good things would happen. I think the way to look at it is, they can't credit for every good thing that happens, but they need to be able to manage it. I think what's happening in Lebanon is great, but it's not necessarily directly related to the fact that we went into Iraq militarily.


Stewart: Do you think they're the guys to--do they understand what they've unleashed? Because at a certain point, I almost feel like, if they had just come out at the very beginning and said, "Here's my plan: I'm going to invade Iraq. We'll get rid of a bad guy because that will drain the swamp"--if they hadn't done the whole "nuclear cloud," you know, if they hadn't scared the pants off of everybody, and just said straight up, honestly, what was going on, I think I'd almost--I'd have no cognitive dissonance, no mixed feelings.

Soderberg: The truth always helps in these things, I have to say. But I think that there is also going on in the Middle East peace process--they may well have a chance to do a historic deal with the Palestinians and the Israelis. These guys could really pull off a whole--

Stewart: This could be unbelievable!

Soderberg:---series of Nobel Peace Prizes here, which--it may well work. I think that, um, it's--

Stewart: [buries head in hands] Oh my God! [audience laughter] He's got, you know, here's--

Soderberg: It's scary for Democrats, I have to say.


Stewart: [Bush's] gonna be a great--pretty soon, Republicans are gonna be like, "Reagan was nothing compared to this guy." Like, my kid's gonna go to a high school named after him, I just know it.

Soderberg: Well, there's still Iran and North Korea, don't forget. There's hope for the rest of us.


Go read the whole thing, as they say.

Stewart is at least beginning to hedge his bets. But Soderberg's evident yearning for a Bush foreign policy disaster is just grotesque. And no amount of, "Of course, as an American, I want everything to work out...." rhetoric is going to help.

Posted by Robert at March 2, 2005 03:44 PM

Awesome. You can actually see Jon's tiny little conscience attempt to speak, while the hatred beats it down, "Shut up you! It's can't be working... it just can't!!"

Posted by: Paladin at March 3, 2005 09:45 AM

No no no...we NEED folks like Soderberg.

That ominous creaking noise is either tension in the middle east collapsing...or the democratic national party. Which falls first? Which do we celebrate more?

Posted by: Vic Barry (former regional rock star) at March 3, 2005 10:41 AM
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