Jewish World Review April 21, 2003 / 19 Nisan, 5763

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The president with an I.Q. of a pot of clay has made New York City elitists look like a bunch of bumbling idiots | Now our favorite liberal paper here at Scarborough Country, the New York Times, is at it again. In one issue last week, the paper ran no less than three editorials on the looting of the Iraqi National Museum. Why the interest in the museum story? Well, here's the real deal.

For months, the Times editorial page has been blasting away at the Bush Administration for their Iraq policy. First they were shocked at the White House's insistence to go it alone against Saddam Hussein, never mind that 15 of the 18 NATO allies were on board. Then the Times knocked the President for not even being able to persuade our steady allies in Paris, Berlin and Moscow to get on board at the U.N. Forget the fact that all three of these had bloody hands from their dealing with the butcher of Baghdad. After that, the Times even became so obvious on their slant, they couldn't ignore the fact that this president was doing a good job. So they started attacking the president and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for their miserable little war plan - but three weeks later, the Times' reputation on these matters collapsed as quickly as Baghdad.

So here we are. Days after the cowboy in the White House and his Zionist conspirators all around made the New York Times look foolish, the editors are at it again. So what's the big scandal now? Why, it's the looting at the Iraqi National Museum. Believe it or not, the Times is practically hysterical about the fact that middle-class Iraqi citizens went into the museum and stole museum pieces.

Today, the Times actually ran three separate editorials on that single subject, and of course, their always-snippy Maureen Dowd stopped writing about the President's golf game long enough to start whining about the museum's looting.

Now you guys know it and I know it: To blame the American President for the looting of a museum in the middle of a war zone is just unspeakably dumb. I'm glad President Bush, Mr. Rumsfeld, and the rest of the Pentagon were more interested in bringing order to the streets, to securing military targets, and snuffing out the remaining pockets of resistance over there - before sending our young American troops in to protect pottery and art. Would you like to be the military officer who had to go to a young soldier's home and tell his mom and dad, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith, we regret to inform you that your son was killed in battle last night but know that he died trying to save priceless pottery and a golden harp"?

I don't know about you, but if I got that speech from a military officer, his life would be in danger.

The bottom line is this: The Times is ticked off that the man they think has an I.Q. of a pot of clay has made these New York City elitists look like a bunch of bumbling idiots, so they're hoping that this will play well in the art community and help save face in their own cocktail party crowd.

And who knows? Maybe it'll work, but in the part of America west of Manhattan and east of L.A., this obsession to embarrass President Bush is only serving to make the New York Times look small.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) serves as a regular contributor to MSNBC, providing on-air commentary and analysis. He also serves as host on MSNBC Reports. Comment by clicking here.

04/16/03: Russia, France and Germany: Not stupid, just immoral
04/15/03: CNN's too little, too late apology
04/14/03: Who's the first elitist to admit they were wrong about the war?
04/10/03: He's baaack --- and his terror tactics deserve an 'F'
04/09/03: Iraqi lawyer and American teenaged girl proved themselves to be 'The Real Deal'

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