This is the kind of talk that always turns me into a raving, indignant boor.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Wednesday challenged militants who have been killing and injuring U.S. forces in Iraq, saying "bring them on" because American forces were tough enough to deal with their attacks.
"There are some who feel like that conditions are such that they can attack us there," Bush told reporters at the White House. "My answer is 'bring them on'. We have the force necessary to deal with the situation."
During the glory days of the British Empire they poked fun at the type of politician and armchair generals who were ready to defend the empire to the last Scotsman. Today we have the good, poll-taking citizens who look at the removal of due process from the rights we can expect and sigh that we must all make sacrifices; in this context "we" means brown people, foreigners, and especially brown foreigners. It always sickens me how ready most people are to volunteer necessary sacrifices for someone else. The leader of the free world is no different. The news story is accompanied by a picture of him displaying his lipless grim determination expression. I suppose if those ungrateful Iraqis continue to pester us for self rule our Mr. Potato Head in chief might even get out his angry eyes.