Yes, we can. We can put America-centrism behind us. We can celebrate the fact that our new President gave his first TV interview to an Arab network. We can stop dictating and start listening, as President Obama told the Arabs we need to do. Yes, we can. We can listen to “the Arab street” (I hate that term so much, I can’t begin to tell you) and make sure we don’t do anything they interpret as “dictating.” Yes, we can. We can make those who think the only good Jew is a dead Jew think we are weak, pathetic losers who don’t understand power politics. We can embolden those who want to blow up more or our buildings and planes by assuring them that we won’t let the big, bad FBI types listen to their cell phone calls, and if we somehow do manage to arrest them even without surveillance, we won’t let the even badder CIA types be mean to them during interrogation. Yes, we can.
I watched an inane man-on-the-street interview on CNN tonight with a young Saudi couple who thought Obama’s interview was just swell. Plenty of pro-Obama platitudes from both the man and his wife, who was wrapped from head to toe in black cloth with only her eyes showing. The reporter said both husband and wife were young and well-educated, and they both spoke slightly accented but very good English. And yet there she was, wrapped up like a black mummy because as we all know, women showing their noses and ankles is a dangerous abomination in the eyes of God.
It made me think of a post from the Anchoress (with whose opinion on all three outfits I agree 100%) on Michelle Obama’s inauguration outfits. President Obama and all the other leftists who think we should listen more and dictate less have got to know that “the Arab street” thinks the First Lady is a whore for baring her shoulders and ought to be wrapped up in a black sheet like a decent woman — and her mouth shut too, along with all us other brazen American broads who don’t know our place.
Well guess what, Mr. Arab Street? Even if we do listen more and dictate less, and you bastards work up the nerve to try another round of 9/11 on us, the pendulum will swing back the other way, and even the Obama Mamas (who have no interest in trading their low-rise jeans in for burqas) will be calling for less listening and more dictating. We Americans can be pretty complacent and pretty stupid when we don’t feel threatened, and right now most of us feel pretty safe after seven years of George W. Bush keeping us that way. But if things turn ugly, we can find our courage and our brains again. Yes, we can. We damn well can.