A WORD OF PRAISE FOR GRACIOUSNESS
This post is going to be relatively short because the hour is late. I admit to being pleased at Bush's victory over John Kerry, partly for the echo chamber, Moveon.org type extremists who are upset. The impotent fury of the Micheal Moores, Sean Penns and itinerant reporters from the Guardian should be fun to watch over the next few weeks.
Now on to Mr. Kerry. I think we owe him a debt of thanks as a nation for ignoring the bitter-enders and not contesting the election, a move that would have scraped raw all the bad feelings of 2000 and then added fuel to the fire, worsening the partisan divisions to no point whatsoever. I'm sure there were more than a few supporters who wanted him to take this path and Senator Kerry, to his credit, put the good of his country over that of his party. Thank you Senator Kerry, for your patriotism and commitment to public service.
Despite my very hawkish foreign policy views, I am hopeful that President Bush takes this moment to behave toward our less helpful allies with the same grace by reaching out and allowing some statesmen a face-saving retreat and in other cases making small concessions ( no, some of these " friends" don't deserve the gesture - that's why it's called " grace " and not an " exchange"). They realize Bush will be in office for another four years
and a permanent state of irritation, while perhaps inevitable, should be soothed instead of cultivated.
Yes, for war supporters it's time to celebrate. But the United States has some very tough, very nasty, campaigns ahead in the War on Terror. Perhaps sooner than we think. We could use a greater number of friends at the time than we have now and a little grace at the right time can go a long way in some parts.