Cal Nails It: Spoiled By Desert Storm Success, America Awaits Jack Bauer

Cal Thomas had the line of the night on this evening's Fox News Watch. Here's how the conservative commentator explained Americans' dissatisfaction with progress in Iraq:

"Part of the problem here is we have Desert Storm with the 100-hour war. Everybody came home. There were victory marches, General Schwarzkopf leading. The press was full of stories: 'we finally got the Vietnam monkey off our back.' Now we're used to the very quick action. It's not going to happen, except thank goodness Jack Bauer is coming back to make it happen on '24' - that's what we're waiting for."

Well said, Cal.

View video here.

Interestingly, Cal's comment echoed that made to me by Colonel George Bristol, Commanding Officer at Camp Fallujah when I visited there. He also alluded to our fast-food mentality and quick success in Desert Storm. The colonel expressed confidence we could win in Iraq - given the time.

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Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.