Re: Cowboys, WAS: POLICY: agency practices
- --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "kzgafas" <kzgafas@t...> wrote:
> --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "Simon Vollam" <vollams@v...>BTW, it's not just Europeans who have problems with Bush's policies.
> > > Now I guess I know why press reports from Europe and other
> > countries
> > > call Bush (or any other Republican president who offends some
> > > European's sense of political esthetics) as a "cowboy".
> > Do you have any examples to hand? I doubt that a British hack
> > use it to cast aspersions on Bush's competence. More likely it
> > be to imply that he has a trigger-happy, gung-ho mentality. Or
> > they wish he'd just ride off into the sunset.
> > Simon
> I think Jamie may be right in a sense. European (continental)
> reference to "cowboys" is based on action movies depicting times of
> conquering the Wild West rather than on what cowboys really are.
> Furthermore, the continental Wild West industry is by main part a
> product of Karel May, a German writer, who wrote his stories during
> years he spent in prison without having a chance to travel to
> America or meet any cowboys.
One of our Senators, a Constitutional expert, has just written a book
about the "preemptive strike" doctrine that Bush came up with:
". ... This green and arrogant president had made a U-turn on our
tradition of working with allies and exhausting diplomatic efforts. ..
. Our metamorphosis on the world stage from powerful, peaceful giant
to swaggering Wild West bully, with little regard for cooperative
agreements, sensitivities or diplomacy in general, means a different
kind of world in years to come."
"Wild West bully" is close enough to "cowboy" to count, I think.