“In British politics there used to be a standard test for candidates for prime minister: Would you want to go on a tiger hunt with this person? That is, would this candidate kill the tiger or try to reason with the tiger? Graham Allison, the Harvard international relations professor who just published a book called “Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe,” said to me the other day that the tiger hunt is even more relevant in America today.
“The big question about Kerry is, Will he pull the trigger?” Mr. Allison said. “And the big question about Bush is, Can he aim? With Bush, we know he can pull the trigger, but it’s like he shot himself in the foot – and the tiger is still out there. It’s the tiger who needs to be shot, not us.”
I think there is another tiger in the race. It’s Tony the Tiger. No matter how poorly administration officials like Rumsfeld have performed, the President keeps telling us, “They’re Grrrrreat!”