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Andrew Sullivan Declares War on Civil Discourse

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:45 pm - June 21, 2006.
Filed under: Bush-hatred,Civil Discourse

For more than two years now, Andrew Sullivan has been launching a war against a civil discussion of gay marriage and the Administration’s policies on the treatment of terrorists captured on the battlefield. And just as importantly, he launched a war to besmirch the president’s policies to win the War on Terror. Rather than promote debate of these difficult and oftentimes contentious issues, rather than respect the opinions of his intellectual adversaries, rather than evaluate each issue on its merits, Andrew wants to drag the brave servicemen fighting for our country into his campaign to smear the President of the United States, his aides and supporters.*

That’s exactly what he did in his post yesterday when he attempted to link the brutal torture and murder of two U.S. servicemen to what he calls “the logic of torture-reciprocity endorsed by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Gonzales.” On this blog, Bruce found Andrew’s post “outrageous” while the Conjecturer’s Joshua Foust called it “revolting.” In a comment to Joshua’s post, the Malcontent said that Andrew “has gone from respectable to reprehensible.” Dan Riehl responded with a stronger one-word rejoinder.

It is striking that Andrew’s response to the barbaric murder of two servicemen is neither to offer sympathy for their families or to condemn the sadists who took their lives, but to make a mean-spirited snarky comment about the President and his top advisors.

That’s because since February 24, 2004, Andrew Sullivan has been more interested in attacking President Bush than dispassionately commenting on Administration policy. He has, as in the linked post, accused the Administration of sanctioning torture, focusing on uncorroborated reports and leaving out key details. As Heather MacDonald has shown, Andrew’s “torture narrative’ ignores some inconvenient facts.”

A serious person can hardly compare what Al Qaeda did to those two soldiers to the policies the Administration has considered (and adopted). Al Qaeda wasn’t trying to get information from these soldiers, but was inflicting pain merely for the sake of inflicting pain. When the Administration sanctions the use of interrogation techniques (that Andrew considers torture), they’re interested not in inflicting pain but in getting information from terrorists in order to stop their cohorts from committing atrocities like the one committed this week and others that are far worse, far, far, far, far worse.

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ACLU Fights for Communist Propaganda in Elementary Schools

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:43 pm - June 21, 2006.
Filed under: Liberals

While the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) finds it inappropriate for Christians to profess their faith in public schools, they do want to make sure that children in Miami elementary schools are exposed to Communist propaganda. They’re filing suit “to stop the Miami-Dade County school district from removing a series of children’s books from its libraries, including a volume about Cuba which depicts smiling kids in communist uniforms.

Now, if this were a high school, I might be more sympathetic to the ACLU’s argument “that the school board should add materials with alternate viewpoints rather than remove books that could be offensive.” But, we’re talking about books targeted to children aged 5 to 7.

The school board voted 6-3 to remove the books after “a parent who said he had been a political prisoner in Cuba complained about the books’ depiction of life under communist rule.” While the ACLU may call this censorship, a quick search of the web that the book is still available in the United States. So, all that’s happening is a local school district is deciding which books it wants in its libraries. And that’s where the decision should be made, not in a federal court as the ACLU would have it.

In demanding that the school libraries shelve these books, the “ACLU noted the books have received favorable reviews in nationally recognized publications including Publishers Weekly and the School Library Journal.” These journals review favorably children’s books presenting a favorable opinion of the Communist tyranny in the Caribbean?! A sad commentary on the state of the publishing world.

The school staff favors keeping the books. That’s no wonder, given that the American Library Association “refused to pass a resolution condemning Fidel Castro for jailing librarians.” (via Michelle Malkin.) Maybe those Cuban librarians hadn’t read the School Library Journal.

I guess we should be grateful public school libraries (in most states) are under the supervision of elected school boards which answer to the people.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com

UPDATE: Since first posting this piece, I have added a link to its first clause.

A Question on Deploying the National Guard to New Orleans

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:23 pm - June 21, 2006.
Filed under: Katrina Disaster

If Louisiana’s Democratic Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco could grant New Orleans’ Mayor Ray Nagin’s (also a Democrat) request to send in the National Guard to respond to a crime wave in the Big Easy, why didn’t the Mayor didn’t file a similar request for the Guard’s assistance in evacuating the city last summer as Hurricane Katrina approached?

UPDATE: Michelle finds “interesting . . . the total silence of civil liberties Chicken Littles” while in comment #6 Vera Charles asks:

Is this a war zone with semi automatic weapons? A quagmire?

Isn’t the left concerned the National Guard is being spread too thin?

Sullivan Engages in Terror Vs. Freedom Moral Relativism

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:35 am - June 21, 2006.
Filed under: War On Terror

Has anyone out there forgotten that we are the good guys in this Global War on Terror? Andrew Sullivan thinks we are the same as our enemies, apparently.

I doubt whether even Donald Rumsfeld will describe what has been done to two young American soldiers as a “coercive interrogation technique.” But you never know. Some people wonder why I remain so concerned about torture, and the surrender of our moral standing with respect to this unmitigated evil. Maybe the news of captured, tortured and murdered Americans will jog their conscience. Or maybe it will simply reinforce the logic of torture-reciprocity endorsed by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Gonzales.

Yeah, war is hell. But for crying out loud! Our side is on the right one in the fight against Islamic fascism and terror. Sullivan, like many in the news media, now equates the American struggle to the terrorists. It is just outrageous.

**UPDATE** – Since I wrote this item, I’ve had some additional thoughts.

The terrorists use torture and barbaric beheadings as a way to kill as many people as possible. It is their rule, not their exception.

The USA and its allies may use torture as an exception, not the rule. But we engage in those interregation techniques in order to keep alive as many people as possible. There is a moral difference.

Are we all forgetting Osama bin Laden’s revealing mantra?

We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us.”

Gateway Pundit adds:

America is feeling raw, enraged, confused, saddened and unsettled by this inhumanity.

So, where is President George W. Bush? Where is the comforting or determined speech that you would expect from a leader at this time?

It doesn’t have to be an 30 minute address with an aircraft carrier in the backdrop, but how about using this “coincidental” information from Tuesday to define to the Free World and America what we are up against?

The terrorists pushed the moral argument back on the side of freedom, yesterday.

It doesn’t have to be a Gettysburg Address, President Bush, but please, throw out a bone.

Yes, Mr. President. Where art thou in this crucial time to rally your nation?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UP-UPDATE (from GPW): I may have more to say on this later in the day, but concerning Andrew Sullivan’s remarks (which Bruce quotes above), I can’t improve upon Dan Riehl’s one word rejoinder to Andrew’s outburst. And over at the Conjecturer, Joshua Foust has another one-word rejoinder for Andrew’s post: “revolting.” A bit more diplomatic than the other Dan’s.

Saddam Dismisses Defense Counsel

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:39 am - June 21, 2006.
Filed under: War On Terror,World History

I’m assuming the former dictator sees his days are numbered and realized his defense attorney wouldn’t be sparing him the noose.

Saddam Lawyer Killed – The Corner @ NRO

One of Saddam Hussein’s lawyers was shot to death Wednesday after he was abducted from his home by men wearing police uniforms in Baghdad, court and police officials said.

Khamis al-Obeidi, who represented Saddam and his half brother Barzan Ibrahim in their eight-month-old trial, was abducted from his house at 7 a.m., said Saddam’s top lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi. His body was found shot to death on a street near the Shiite slum of Sadr City, police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said.

It just all seems so…. Baghdad 1993.  You know, the golden years when CNN covered up all of the Hussein-era atrocities so they could keep their digs in the Iraqi capital.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)