Lowry: I just want to go back to Richard’s point about the no attacks on U.S. soil. U.S. soil is a big caveat. I mean, that is a key thing. And in our exit interview with President Bush, you’re just struck by the extent to which he was a war president. I mean, that’s what drove him most passionately. And when you talk to him about it, you feel as though he’s just sort of been left behind by the public and by history. And I think that’s because of the very success in preventing another attack on U.S. soil…
It is unknown whether or not Lowry and the NRO will begin the fund drive to erect monuments to the other several dozen Presidents who managed to make it through their term with only one or fewer attacks on American soil. Fortunately, Richard Wolffe was there to beat back Lowry’s rubbish:
You can when there are starbursts involved! At any rate, Lowry was his usual self the entire show (you can read the transcript here), which in and of itself is unremarkable. What is exceptional is this comment from Jonah Goldberg at the NRO:
MR. WOLFFE: You can’t take America’s national security across oceans to other continents and then only care about its impact on American soil. It’s grossly irresponsible.
Even discounting for friendship, self-interest, and ideological bias, I thought that Rich was far and away the most interesting panelist on Meet the Press yesterday. Frankly, I thought Richard Wolffe was a mixture of cliché and nonsense. For instance, he seemed to think that Bush should be condemned for preventing terrorist attacks on American soil and not doing more to prevent them in countries that haven’t taken the war on terror as seriously.
The profound intellect of the conservative movement on display for all to see.