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April 22, 2007

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mad_cow

To answer your last question first, Yes I will.

My demonizing of Reid has more to do with his comments than anything else. Sometimes, no matter how you feel, certain things are best left unsaid. If nothing else, just talking about it does nothing to resolve the issue. The larger problem with Reid is that his comments serve to demoralize our troops and embolden the enemy. Whether he's right or not, our troops are still there and they don't need to hear from the Senate Majority Leader that they are fighting a lost cause. If Reid truly believes what he is saying, and I still contend his motives are political, he should work behind the scenes to change the situation. Don't give our enemies (and we do still have enemies) the benefit at the expense of our troops.

As for the WMD, it wasn't just President Bush who believed Saddam had them. Most Democrats now criticizing Bush about that very issue have spoken in the past about the danger Saddam posed because of WMD. Somehow Bush lied but they didn't? I'm still not convinced Saddam did not have WMD. How on earth could every intelligence agency and the United Nations be wrong about that? All of a sudden just because we didn't find them it's just "never mind"? Could they have been moved? Why did Saddam deny the UN inspectors access to certain sites? Follow the link to The International Strategic Studies Association in my post here

I seem to be a bit long winded here and I may be rambling (sorry!), but I am enjoying our conversation and I will now go and read the posts you suggested.

Philip the Equal Opportunity Cynic

Sorry for the long hiatus. I was out of town for a few days and only now getting back to catching up. Also it's probably a good time to wind down this particular thread.

I appreciate that you made an important clarification. Your problem isn't so much that you dispute Reid on the facts as that you think it's inappropiate for him to voice that assessment. Am I fairly characterizing your position?

Glenn Greenwald has an excellent post about how another society, one much more intimately acquainted with the realities of war, looks at dissent in wartime. While it may be tempting to assert that everyone should sing from the Leader's songbook in times of conflict, I really think that's out of step with the founding principles of our country. To the contrary, dissent at the very highest levels is a critical check on the Leader. Separation of powers makes no sense if you assume that all the branches are obligated to toe the executive's line.

You make some other worthy points but I'll hold off responding in the interest of brevity and give you the last word on this matter. Thanks for your civility and I look forward to taking part here even though you probably won't like what I have to say. ;-)

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The Federalist Papers

  • Degree of Madness
    "...... ambitious encroachments of the federal government, on the authority of the State governments, would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm.....But what DEGREE OF MADNESS could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity." Federalist #46 James Madison

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