An Admiral who defuses a tense situation in volatile territory should be commended by his superiors. Assuming that his superiors are grown-ups.
Bob Cesca paints a glowing expectation of democratic party behavior:
Public perception can beat the shit out of political nuance. The Bush Republicans know this and they have abused it for their own nefarious ends. The Democrats, on the other hand, have somehow overlooked this very basic rule of 21st Century American politics, which is a shame since they would more often than not use it for the betterment of the nation.
If only the betterment of the nation were their goal….
Cesca spends the rest of this otherwise excellent article berating the dems for their abject failure to work toward the betterment of the nation since taking control of congress.
There is no reason to expect anything different anytime soon. As Arthur notes;
This is where we’ve come: two criminal gangs run the United States from Washington. Neither of them understands the supreme and sacred value of an individual human life. Neither understands any matter of principle relating to liberty or peace. Both of them are intent upon power, no matter how many innocent people must die, and regardless of how many countries must be destroyed, including our own.
This is your government today. Two murdering, thieving, plundering, power-mad gangs, both of which deserve the worst fate that can be imagined. These are the people who will rule you for years to come.
If you are going to be a democrat or a republican you should own up to the thuggery you are supporting. Nora and John, there really is an alternative.
Being an independent feels pretty good right now.
Yesterday g w bush said:
So their answer is to deny people this choice by raging against the forces of freedom and moderation. This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization. We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations. And we’re fighting for the possibility that good and decent people across the Middle East can raise up societies based on freedom and tolerance and personal dignity.
We are now in the early hours of this struggle between tyranny and freedom.
He is so right and so wrong.
Yes, we are in the early hours of the fight for freedom and liberty, the early hours of the struggle for civilization.
It is not, though, a fight between the United States and al Quaeda or the United States and some phantom called Islamofascism or the United States and the concept of terrorism.
It is a fight between people throughout the world and those individuals or groups who would use force to achieve their ends. These latter, be they street corner thugs or state actors are our enemy.
This war will not be over until suicide bombers are a distant memory.
It will not be over until large standing armies are a distant memory.
It will not be over until people throughout the world can voluntarily exchange goods and services without interference.
It will not be over until people throughout the world can voluntarily choose their relationships.
It will not be over until, well, this list can be much longer but that will be for a manifesto.
May it be over soon.
Jaquandor makes the case.
As to the defibrilator: I suspect one of the palace eunuchs carries it in a briefcase chained to its wrist.