March 19, 2002
Late Hit: Cowboy Diplomacy

Catching up with the Midwest Conservative Journal (just added to my links), I note a piece from March 7th on the leftist prejudice against the American west:

One can hardly make it through the turgid leftism of the Guardian or the Observer without reading sneering condemnations of President Bush's "cowboy" approach to this or "Wild West" approach to that. The EUnuchs seem to mention this constantly. Nor is this an exclusively European complaint; many eastern American liberals share it. A 1999 Salon article by Jake Tapper was subtitled, "Where never is heard a discouraging word for the goofy cowboy who would be president."

There is more along the same lines, all of it good. I suspect I was not the only reader to be reminded of an exchange in Die Hard:

Sophisticated German terrorist: "You know my name, but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne, Rambo, Marshall Dillon?"

Simplistic New York cop: "I was always kind of partial to Roy Rogers, actually. I really liked those sequined shirts."

Terrorist: "Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?"

Cop: "Yippee-kay-yea, motherf***er."

The last would make a good motto for painting on a bomb.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at March 19, 2002 10:10 PM