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Monday, November 14, 2005

Treasonous Words 

A friend of mine - one of the best guys I know, despite his twisted political thinking - writes thusly (supplied emphasis and internal links omitted):
And the point about the anti - war left that is basically helping to hurt mores soldiers. The Vietnamese relished this type of internal weakness. Courtesy of Neverdock : ' Here is what General Vo Nguyen Giap had to say about the meida's assistance to him in Vietnam.

"Even Giap admitted in his memoirs that news media reporting of the war and the anti-war demonstrations that ensued in America surprised him. Instead of negotiating what he called a conditional surrender, Giap said they would now go the limit because America's resolve was weakening and the possibility of complete victory was within Hanoi's grasp." '

Pretty blunt but I feel pretty blunt right now. But acutely aware of the huge amount of ignorance and pandering.

Okay, that's one point of view. Here's another, courtesy of The American Prospect:
As a matter of general principle, I believe there can be no doubt that criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government ... too many people desire to suppress criticism simply because they think that it will give some comfort to the enemy to know that there is such criticism. If that comfort makes the enemy feel better for a few moments, they are welcome to it as far as I am concerned, because the maintenance of the right of criticism in the long run will do the country maintaining it a great deal more good than it will do the enemy, and will prevent mistakes which might otherwise occur.

Who wrote this traitorous spew? That would be Robert A. Taft, conservative Republican Senator from Ohio, less than two weeks after Pearl Harbor.

Isn't it refreshing to know that once, long ago, a conservative Republican could still embrace American values? Maybe it will be such again, one day.




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