Diary

Dangerous Extremism

“No triumph of peace is quite so great as the supreme triumphs of war.”
Teddy Roosevelt

“You can no more win a war than win a a hurricane.”
Jeannette Rankin

Two opposing views. But which person was the dangerous extremist?

I’ll give a hint. It was not Teddy. Teddy, like the John McCain of today, knew that good things can come of wars. It was the Civil War that built our nation’s railroads. It was an Army doctor that conquered yellow fever. And it was the Spanish-American War that gave us Teddy, just as Vietnam gave us John McCain.

But Teddy knew how terrible war was. First hand. That’s why he never had one while president. And he was the first president to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Jeannette Rankin voted against both world wars.

So which sort of president will Obama be in facing Iran? A strong Teddy type? Or a dangerous extremist?

To see the full version of this post, see www.bigbagofwind.com.  (Actually, the only thing there that’s different is a cartoon.)