June 26, 2006
Did you hear those smart aleck questions President Bush was asked by some European reporters during his brief visit to Vienna last week? Doesn’t he know most Europeans don’t like him? Isn’t he concerned they don’t like him?
The president was a diplomatic as he could be, saying he doesn’t follow polls and does what he believes to be best for America.
What I wish he had said was, “look, that is an impertinent question. You probably would not have had the freedom to ask it if young Americans had not come to this continent twice in the last century to save you from yourselves. Please don’t lecture the United States about war and right vs. wrong. If you don’t like us, give back the money we spent on your reconstruction, without which you could never have rebuilt after World War Two. Give back the money we spent on protecting you from the Soviet Union for six decades.”
That’s what I wish he had said. It’s probably what he thought. These people are jealous of America and that’s too bad… for them.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.