2005-11-29

Juan Cole Rocks...

As he usually does:

Let me finish with a word to W. As for your legacy two decades from now, George, let me clue you in on something--as a historian. In 20 years no Iraqis will have you on their minds one way or another. Do you think anyone in Egypt or Israel is still grateful to Jimmy Carter for helping bring to an end the cycle of Egyptian-Israeli wars? Jimmy Carter powerfully affected the destinies of all Egyptians and Israelis in that key way. Most people in both countries have probably never heard of him, and certainly no one talks about the first Camp David Accords anymore except as a dry historical subject. The US pro-Israel lobby is so ungrateful that they curse Carter roundly for all the help he gave Israel. Human beings don't have good memories for these things, which is why we have to have professional historians, a handful of people who are obsessed with the subject. And I guarantee you, George, that historians are going to be unkind to you. You went into a major war over a non-existent nuclear weapons program. Presidents' reputations don't survive things like that. Historians are creatures of documents and precision. A wild exaggeration with serious consequences is against everything they stand for as a profession. So forget about history and destiny and the divine will. You are at the helm of the Exxon Valdez and it is headed for the shoals. You can't afford to daydream about future decades.



2 comments:

Jim Printz said...

History is too important to be left to historians. Especially biased historians.

Kct said...

Juan Cole is rude and arrogant. I listened to him on the Dennis Prager show last week, where he kept interrupting and talking over Dennis, despite the fact that Dennis did not do so to him. In addition, he ridiculed the opposing viewpoint, calling it "stupid". Although I may agree with some of his viewpoints regarding the war, he definitely does not "rock"