Saturday, June 11, 2005

Wine of the Week - June 11

This week, I enjoyed a $5 bottle of a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon vinted in 2000 by Round Hill Vineyards and Cellars from a generic appellation. This is a stand-out product well-deserving of space in the cellar. It is surprisingly smooth for a cabernet sauvignon but has a "tang" that hints at a wine that has not yet reached its fullness.

I also sampled a most unsavory wine this week. The calls to close the prisoner camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were started by the usually thoughtful but often overly sympathetic Thomas Friedman in his article in the New York Times named Just Shut It Down. He wrote the article because he was convinced more Americans were dying because of the negative impact the misrepresentation and misreporting of abuses at Gitmo is having on America's standing in the muslim world.
I am convinced that more Americans are dying and will die if we keep the Gitmo prison open than if we shut it down. So, please, Mr. President, just shut it down.

If you want to appreciate how corrosive Guantánamo has become for America's standing abroad, don't read the Arab press. Don't read the Pakistani press. Don't read the Afghan press. Hop over here to London or go online and just read the British press! See what our closest allies are saying about Gitmo. And when you get done with that, read the Australian press and the Canadian press and the German press.

This call to "Shut It Down" was picked up by Senator Joseph Biden, then by former President Jimmy Carter, and finally by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

I couldn't think of a more misguided or ill-informed suggestion. Later this week, I will be detailing how, according to the much cited Pew Research surveys of international opinions about the United States, American favorability is no lower in late 2004 than it was in early 2002 (except in Jordan). In fact, in one of the nations named by Thomas Friedman, Pakistan, America's favorability rating is five times higher in late 2004 than it was in early 2002. Until then, I urge you to avoid the sour grapes of forces that have failed to capture and hold our soldiers while we have captured tens of thousands of the enemy.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

When did Jimmy Carter become the wise old statesman? Did I miss something? For the past 20 years the democrats wouldn't let him within 100 yards of a microphone. Now all the sudden he's the party wiseman?

7:24 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Where's my Vagabond? I need my indigent fix.

9:37 AM  

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