Fred Kagan yesterday went to National Review — home to countless tough guy warriors like him who fight nothing — to argue against Senator Webb’s bill. There is no need to give our troops more time away from the battlefield, Kagan types. Besides, doing that would be too administratively difficult (“this amendment would actually require the Army and Marine Corps staffs to keep track of how long every individual servicemember had spent in either Iraq or Afghanistan, how long they had been at home, how long the unit that they were now in had spent deployed, and how […]Full Story... →
Some interesting polling data… We’ll start with the fact that more Americans feel attacks on civilians are “completely justified” than Iranians, Lebanese, or even Saudis.
As a starting point, Muslims do not hold a monopoly on extremist views. While 6% of Americans think attacks in which civilians are targets are “completely justified,” in both Lebanon and Iran, this figure is 2%, and in Saudi Arabia, it’s 4%. In Europe, Muslims in Paris and London were no more likely than were their counterparts in the general public to believe attacks on civilians are ever justified and at least as likely […]Full Story... →
Looming war with Iran? Barnett Ruben thinks so.
They [the source?s institution] have ?instructions? (yes, that was the word used) from the Office of the Vice-President to roll out a campaign for war with Iran in the week after Labor Day; it will be coordinated with the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox, and the usual suspects. It will be heavy sustained assault on the airwaves, designed to knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained. Evidently they don?t think they?ll ever get majority support for this?they want […]Full Story... →
That’s how Ari “Mouth of Sauron” Fleischer’s new organization – Freedom’s Watch – answers their phones. They are encouraging people to call their Congressman – by calling Freedom’s Watch. If you support the war, they connect you thru to Congress, as documented in this video from Americans United for Change.
You can see Freedom’s Watch videos at their site. You can reach Congress directly by calling (202) 224-3121.Full Story... →
This Abukar Arman mess just won’t go away. It seems the Ohio right-wing blogosphere is obsessed with this man, and unwilling to take his writings at face value. Just yesterday, BizzyBlog had this to say:
Abukar Arman has expressed support in his writings for known terrorists, terrorist organizations, and groups that wish to impose Sharia law on their populations.
As I’ve said before, this is a tremendous over-simplification. His characterization of this is “extra-constitutional”. I’m not quite sure what Tom means by this – is it “extra-constitutional” to write that ?internally, ICU, with its various shortcomings, is […]Full Story... →
Was the Oklahoma City bombing so unimportant as a terrorist attack in Oklahoma that they needed to appropriate the Twin Towers? Was a yellow ribbon magnet not showing enough militant support for our soldiers that the plate needed an ACU camo pattern?Full Story... →
You know, it’s natural to get frustrated when stuff like the “Protect America Act” manage to get passed in a Democratic Congress. But before you get too worked up, check this out.
Still think there’s no difference between the GOP and Democrats? CorrenteWire generated the chart, and has some analysis as to what’s going on.Full Story... →
We all know the saying – where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Except when wingnuts are the ones blowing smoke. A few weeks ago, RABid picked up on a piece from Front Page Magazine by Patrick Poole attacking local moderate Muslim Abukar Arman. I was going to attempt to provide supported counterarguments to every attack on this man, but I have a paying job I have to do, and I just don’t have the time. I will say that many of the quotes and statements of Arman are carefully selected to twist his message, and in some cases his intent […]Full Story... →
Of course, those of us who are propagandistic assholes know that it’s entirely possible to be pro-soldier and anti-Iraq-war. Many of us have tired long ago of being called “anti-American” for being against the Iraq War. So the question posed in the title above is clearly hogwash to begin with.
But it hasn’t been to many conservatives, who honestly believe opposing the Iraq War is (or at least was) anti-American. I wonder how well they are synthesizing the growing opposition to the war from soldiers and their families?
Among military members and their immediate families who responded to a […]Full Story... →
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