Message from The West Wing: They’ll Like Us When We Win!

Over the last few weeks, I’ d enjoyed watching all seven seasons of the West Wing on Netflix. And then I re-encountered what has become one of my all time favorite moments in television.

It was a speech was by the make believe President’s Communications Director, Toby Ziegler played by Richard Schiff. He was responding to a Democrat congresswoman (who also happened to be his ex-wife) who was upset about comments included in a speech he prepared for the President to give at the United Nations.The statement said:“The world will be free when there is freedom to worship for everyone. The world will be free when we finally shake off the rusted chains of tyranny, whether in the guise of fascist dictatorships or economic slavery, or ethnic hostility, or the crushing yoke of Islamic fanaticism.

This play congresswoman like so many real life liberal politicians was upset because the President would take a stand against Islamic fanaticism. She would rather they take a more diplomatic approach toward dealing with the Islamic holy war against the west.…this one moment in time, you have to get off your horse and just… simply put – be nice to the Arab world.

The response by this hardcore liberal character was as on point as any I have heard from any real life conservative. Toby replies:Well… How about when we, instead of blowing Iraq back to the seventh century for harboring terrorists and trying to develop nuclear weapons, we just imposed economic sanctions and were reviled by the Arab world for not giving them a global charge card and a free trade treaty? How about when we pushed Israel to give up land for peace?How about when we sent American soldiers to protect Saudi Arabia, and the Arab world told us we were desecrating their holy land? We’ll ignore the fact that we were invited. How about two weeks ago, in the State of the Union when the President praised the Islamic people as faithful and hardworking only to be denounced in the Arab press as knowing nothing about Islam? But none of that is the point.

In other words, we have been as nice as we can be to the Muslim world and look what got us… 9/11. The time has come for us to take a stand against those in the world who have determined in their minds to destroy us and our way of life. This does not mean all Muslims are against us. Nor does it mean that all who are against us are Muslim.

Our goal in the war on terror was not to be liked, but to protect the innocent from the evil of terrorism. We have taken a stand! And if you don’t like that we have taken a stand….Tough!

I don’t remember having to explain to Italians that our problem wasn’t with them, but with Mussolini! Why does the U.S. have to take every Arab country out for an ice cream cone? They’ll like us when we win!