‘Cometh the hour’, General, Sir?

March 10, 2007

or The Mark of Zorro…..on a ‘waxing poetic’ Saturday?

While waiting the pending announcement on Monday by Senator Hagel, as to his presidential aspirations, and having re-read the March issue online Esquire Feature this a.m., headlined:

‘Before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment.’

Interview of Senator Chuck Hagel by Charles Pierce opens like this…

“The rapier is more silver than the moon. The horse, red eyed and fierce in the California night, is rearing up, and its rider points his sword toward the sky, and its tip seems to touch the lunar surface, dimpling it further between the craters… “

the interview itself is fairly good actually, altho it surely raised a number of questions in my mind re: a certain lack of conviction on the senator’s part

…and having also re-read this (non-poetical) Hagel-touting piece over at Steve Clemons place :

The Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill on the Chuck Hagel Salon:

“I think that there are a number of candidates on the Democratic side that may move in this direction eventually — but I’m not convinced that many have really offered more than incrementalist proposals that remain in the same general grooves of Bush’s direction in the Middle East. Wes Clark and Joe Biden are exceptions — and there are others — but they are not yet setting the political pace of the country…”  

[not yet]  

And lastly, but not leastly, this a.m., I re-read this classic from 2004: ‘Cometh the Hour…’ 

We need, at just this time, a military personage as president, one who is more in the mode of Dwight Eisenhower than of Ulysses Grant. In Wesley Clark, we have a four-star general and former NATO commander who is a diplomatic unifier, an authentic hero, wise and compassionate….

penned (quite beautifully I think) by Harold Bloom.  (Mr. Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale.)

Wesley Clark, we sorely need your voice in ’08!

Please sign the petition…………

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