Letter to the Editor,
Granite State News:
If your eyes glazed over
before you could finish William Rivers Pitt's "Other
last week, don't feel badly. It took him 15
paragraphs to vent his copious reserve of bile, but I can
summarize his words for you in one:
I hate George W. Bush.
I hate him so much that rather than have him succeed, I
prefer that the most heinous mass murderers remain in
power. I hate him so much that when he frees an
oppressed people I can feel only shame. So much
that when he refuses to submit control of our national
destiny to a collection of dictators, terrorists, and
anti-Semites, I feel anger rather than gratitude.
So much that if he fails to precisely describe every
wart and blemish of a purported enemy, I declare that he
has made the whole thing up. In my fevered mind no
act of his could possibly be motivated by anything other
than bigotry and greed. I do not hope for
everything to come right in Iraq, nor for the United
Nations to begin to stand up for the ideals it espouses;
I only wish for Bush to fail and be replaced. I do
not care to pitch in and help, and will never surrender
my hatred long enough to look for anything worthy of my
support in this administration. Nothing will do
except the destruction of George W. Bush.
The whole article is an
almost demented rant, conjuring up a mental image of Mr.
Pitt: lips curled, face red, spittle flying.
This is where the expression "Angry Left" comes from.
It's a shame, because Mr. Pitt seems like an intelligent
and articulate fellow. A mind is a terrible thing to
Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the
Iraqi National Congress and President Bush's favorite for
leadership of the new Iraq, comes in for a liberal dose of
the Pitt spleen: "crawling kingsnake", "hand-painted
sock puppet", etc. It is true that Mr. Chalabi was
convicted of bank fraud ..... by a Jordanian court.
In absentia. I wonder whether, should he be accused
of a crime, Mr. Pitt would be willing to be tried in a
Jordanian court himself. Especially if he were an
enemy of a neighboring state with a history of invading
its neighbors. I'm betting the Jordanians would
convict the Pope of bank fraud, if that's what it took to
keep Saddam's tanks from rolling over the border.
When you read the various articles about Chalabi written
by people who aren't foaming at the mouth, you find that
there are good reasons to question the veracity of the
Is it a "mess" in Iraq, as
Mr. Pitt tells us? I guess so, if you prefer mass
graves, torture chambers, and prisons full of children.
Electrical service is back to prewar levels, oil
production is resuming, a vibrant and independent press is
in full cry, and the beginnings of self-government are
underway. Some mess. Have we lost the respect
of the United Nations? Perhaps, but I'm not sure I'd
be ashamed of being despised by nations like Libya, China,
North Korea, Sudan, or even France.
But it's Mr. Pitt's clever
bon mot about the
French officer's battle communique that really points up
the twist in his thinking: "Hard pressed on my
right. My center is yielding. Impossible to
maneuver. Situation excellent, I am attacking!"
Mr. Pitt thinks this describes the confusion, unreality,
and dishonesty of the Bush administration. But
that's not confusion, Mr. Pitt. It's not folly, and
it's not deception.
valor, Mr. Pitt.
If you weren't so radioactive with hatred, you'd see it.
Situation excellent, I am attacking,
Rivers Pitt, reprinted in the Granite State News, "Other
Voices" [scroll down the page to the 3rd item].