AUTHOR: Jeffrey Lord, former Reagan White House political director
FORUM: The American Spectator
LENGTH: 2,703 words
APPROXIMATE THESIS: If Ronald Reagan had been involved, alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan would have been spotted and stopped
WHAT RONALD REAGAN WAS 'VERY, VERY GOOD AT UNDERSTANDING': "If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck--chances are it's a duck."
WHAT NIDAL MALIK HASAN IS: "a duck"
PEOPLE WHO FAIL TO RECOGNIZE DUCKS: Hollywood director Roland Emmerich, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd
THINGS THE MILITARY MAY HAVE GIVEN THE 'PROVERBIAL DUCK': "a Thanksgiving turkey with an exotic feather or two," "a vanilla ice cream soda," "the reincarnation of Freud," "an iPod"
TOTAL APPEARANCES OF THE WORD 'DUCK': 25
ROUGH DEFINITION OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: "a cousin to the reason Mecca will not be suffering the same cinematic fate as the Vatican in Roland Emmerich's 2012."
BEST TRANSITION: "It seems clear Ms. Dowd and the Times are, like Mr. Emmerich's co-writer, scared witless they will be at the mercy of something a bit more definitive than the outrage of an Archbishop's blog. Which brings us back to Ronald Reagan and the Berlin Wall."
There are ducks out there. They look like ducks, walk like ducks, they quack like ducks. Nidal Malik Hasan--whether he was alone or hanging out with a flock of other ducks--was still a duck.
Ronald Reagan knew a duck when he saw one. The Berlin Wall was a duck.
And now it isn't.
The rest of us can learn from that.
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