Andy says, "This speech isn't supposed to be ideology. The speech is supposed to be about reality." Toby says that he thinks POTUS will decide what the speech is supposed to be about, "but the reality is, the United States of America no longer sucks up to reactionaries, and our staunch allies will know what we mean." Andy says, "We don't have any staunch allies in the Arab world; just reluctant ones. We have a coalition held together with duct tape! A coalition without which we cannot fight!" Toby says nobody's blowing off the coalition: "And that coalition will be plenty strong." Andy: "Oh, when we win?" Toby: "That's right." Andy wonders, "What's Egypt going to think? Or Pakistan?" Toby: "That freedom and democracy are coming soon to a theatre near them, so get dressed." Andy: "Toby...you guys are on a thing right now, and I'm behind you, you know I'm behind you; a lot of House Democrats are..." Toby: "Not enough." She continues, "And plenty of Republicans. But this one moment in time, you have to get off your horse and just...simply put, be nice to the Arab world." Feh. This is the best she can come up with? I can't help but get the feeling that she doesn't really give a damn about Toby's screwed-up world view ["which by the way is totally out of character for Toby" -- Wing Chun], but is only trying to keep a lid on a powder keg. Toby: "'Be nice'?" He thinks, and says, "Well, how about when we, instead of blowing Iraq back to the seventh century for harbouring 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? And how about when we pushed Israel to give up land for peace? And 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 be denounced in the Arab press as knowing nothing about Islam? But none of that is the point." And never mind the fact that there are many other aspects to most of the things Toby just mentioned, things which deserve to be discussed. No time for that. Andy asks what the point is. Toby: "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?" Oh, good God. Please. He's shouting now: "They'll like us when we win!" Andy looks like she's remembering why they couldn't stay married.
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