Monday, July 30, 2007
I'm sure many Americans were as gratified as I was to hear that President Bush and the new British prime minister, Gordon Brown, hit it off so well at their first get-together at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. Two things stand out, however, about their joint statement following the confab. One is how Brown and Bush said different things about the war on terrorism, even as they said they were in agreement. Brown said Afghanistan was the primary front in the terrorism battle, just days after Bush said it was Iraq. The other was that Brown portrayed the war as multi-generational, ostensibly meaning that it would go on for generations. I don't want to alarm anybody, but isn't that just a tad like the perpetual state of war assumed by the totalitarian state in Orwell's 1984? ... Just a thought.