September 12, 2002


OUT OF THE WOODS: Bill Clinton was on Letterman tonight satisfying his unbounded need for attention, and John McCain, whose need for attention is marginally more defensible (he is a sitting Senator, after all), was on Leno. While the world's most infamous cigar aficionado needed Dave's entire show to impart Wisdom, McCain yielded the floor to actor James Woods. Woods, who felt "ashamed to be a Democrat" during the Clinton years (but loyally showed up at the Gore/Lieberman convention), was by far the most entertaining interview of the evening.

After describing his brush with the hijackers-to-be, Woods verbally fisked the last paragraph of this 9/11/02 op-ed from the LA Times (name laexaminer, password laexaminer-- thanks, guys).

Today is the first day when Sept. 11 no longer has to signify a particular traumatic incident [traumatic incident? Three-thousand Americans were murdered, Woods pointed out]; it can refer now to a new day, Sept. 11, 2002. The United States will always be, to some extent, imprisoned by its power. But if it can show the world that it can be humble and ready to change, some good may yet come of all it has suffered. Perhaps the best thing we can learn from older nations--Vietnam, say, or Japan--is that the most useful response to loss is to start looking beyond our wounds and toward how we can avoid hurting others, and getting hurt, again.
Paraphrasing Woods:
In other words if we're all nice little boys and girls and don't make trouble, then maybe we won't be attacked by psychos-- you know, I hope I never meet this guy [Pico Iyer, who Woods didn't name on the air], because if I do, I'm gonna smack him.
Right on.

Posted by John Tabin at September 12, 2002 05:21 AM