I gave Brian Williams a pass last week. When, in response to the rumors that Iran’s newly “elected” president was a former American Embassy hostage-taker, he opined: What would it all matter if proven true? Someone brought up today: The first several U.S. presidents were certainly revolutionaries… and might have been called “terrorists” at the time by the BRITISH CROWN, after all… I chalked up the resulting furor to our tendency to forget that Brian Williams is not a sooper-genius political scientist, he’s a pretty boy who’s spent a bundle on elocution lessons so he can get paid to sit in front of a teleprompter reading the news out loud.
Sitting here with one window open on video of a red metal wreck that used to be a double-decker bus, and another streaming audio of Tony Blair (shaken, but somehow stirring) I’m not so generous. What does it matter? George Washington didn’t pay the Sons of Liberty and the Green Mountain Boys to blow up Thames pleasure boats and Cheapside hackney coaches full of women and children. Iran, through Hamas and al-Quaeda, does the 21st century equivalent. George III was a nutty old coot, but I’m pretty sure even he could have discerned the difference.