Tell ‘em Hawks - -
I have had a few conversations lately and they always end up with people asking why I am so hawkish and pro-war. Radley Balko
took issue with many of us on the hawkish side of things for digging up only the worst comments coming from the anti-war side. He’s probably right; there is plenty of thoughtful anti-Iraq war response to the capture of Saddam Hussein. That’s healthy. But it sure isn’t making me quit this side it is making me even more hawkish. Remake the whole Middle East I say! Let’s overthrow every two-bit tyrannical despot in the region and give them a shot at freedom. Then we can get back to selling them Nike, Disney, and Britney.
has a great quote over at AFF’s Brainwash
. I don’t think it’s true by a long shot, but it’s a funny quote never the less. “Since I don't think Saddam Hussein was ever a threat to us, and I don't think we should conduct U.S. foreign policy as if we're the Superfriends hanging out at the Hall of Justice and waiting for evil to show up on the monitor
(i.e., I don't think it's a proper goal of U.S. foreign policy to remove evil tyrants simply because they're evil tyrants) of course I don't think we should have gone to war. That doesn't mean I can't take incidental pleasure in the debasement of human scum.”
Well when you make it sound like that who would? Scratch that, I just want to make sure that nobody would claim I may be about as useful as that “space monkey” Gleek
I would suggest that the problem is that there exists a lot of what Balko refers to as “BBC call-in opiners, extremist bulletin boards, and the isolated academic left.” And when the biggest Anti-war candidate for President is suggesting that the capture does nothing for American security you have to take a look at these ‘sources.’ Besides the fact that there are people with such radical views is always worth looking at even if it is to mock the other side so openly. But I would hardly call what Bush is doing as acting like the Superfriends (not that there is anything wrong with the Superfriends). We can try to stay out of the affairs of the world all we want, but that won't make us any safer. That is what this is all about long-term security. It's being proactive, and its a messy business. But the way I figure it, its the best option we have.
over at Reason.com asks some very tough and important questions that should come into the debate. That shouldn’t let people off the hook for saying outrageous things
about the timing of the capture, or for Howard Dean’s supporters to cry like babies. And really, pro war or not, isn’t it amazing that anyone could feel anything but joy over the capture of such a brutal man?
More fun: David Letterman
at his best. (Via Jeff Jarvis
*He had a long beard and was confused and disoriented. It’s the same condition that Al Gore was in before he endorsed Howard Dean.
*One day you’re the leader of Iraq and the next day you’re seen having fleas picked out of your hair on Fox News.
*What was amazing and surprising was that he just gave himself up – Michael Jackson put up more of a fight than this guy!
*Did you see Saddam? He was a wreck, he needed cleaned up. What they did was give him an emergency queer makeover.