Sunday, July 16, 2006

Overstatement of the day?

Newt Gingrich, ever the flame thrower:
"This is World War III."

-- Newt Gingrich, quoted by the Seattle Times, on the escalating conflict in the Middle East. Gingrich said President Bush "should call a joint session of Congress the first week of September and talk about global military conflicts in much starker terms than have been heard from the president."
No one's doubting the severity of the situation, but this kind of rhetoric doesn't help. This is the kind of talk you hear the Faux talking heads pushing. Less ratcheting up of emotions and more strategy, diplomacy and leadership please.

I will agree, however, that Gingrich's sentiments on Bush are right on. Someone needs to light a fire under their asses and if this is it, maybe it's a plus after all.