From Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s press briefing today:
Throughout history there have always been those who predict America’s failure just around every corner. At the height of World War II, a prominent U.S. diplomat predicted that democracy was finished in Britain, and probably in America, too. Many Western intellectuals praised Stalin during that period.
For a time, Communism was very much en vogue. It was called Euro-Communism, to try to mute or mask the totalitarian core.
And thankfully the American people are better centered. They ultimately come to the right decisions on big issues. And the future of Iraq is a very big issue.
So those being tossed about by the winds of concern should recall that Americans are a tough lot and will see their commitments through.
Yesterday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Trent Duffy said President Bush “believes that Americans, obviously, have a right to express their views. That’s part of being American. That’s one of the things we’re fighting for.” He left out the part about how, if you do express your views, the Secretary of Defense will call you a Stalinist.