Friday, June 24, 2005

Partisan Warfare

I don't typically allow myself to get roped into issues of partisan wrangling, but it's hard not to feel anything but rage toward George W. Bush right now for the White House's endorsement of Karl Rove's latest comments.
Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.

Yes, the motive of liberals is to put our troops in danger. That is nothing short of accusing all liberals of treason. I wouldn't normally count myself as a "liberal" per se, but given that Rove clearly believes that liberals and conservatives are mutually exclusive groups with no overlap and given that I voted for John Kerry, I would count myself among the group whose motives Rove claims exclusive knowledge of. Shameful. It is hard for me to try to be clear-headed or to act in good faith about our country's policies when the people formulating them would say such things.
-- Eric


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would generally agree with the poster's comments, except that he seems to act like this is something new and insidious. Since WWI we have had "dissenters" on war, and their comments have been broadcast to the enemy, and we have argued that it hurts the morale of the troops. Nobody wants to hear that they are fighting a shitty war. Soldiers would like to think they are just the tip of the spear, leading a unified thrust deep into the heart of the enemy (damn, that wasn't half bad.) I don't like Rove's comments either, but they don't strike me as any more dangerous or partisan than those played on Al Jazeera.

A good point for Rove, however, would be that Al Jazeera also plays Bush's comments all over the Muslim world, just to piss off or add to any potential fighters. Can that kind of irresponsible language be any worse that Rove's feared Democratic dissent.

(Seriously, the use of metaphor and alliteration might make this the best comment on this blog, ever. EVER.)

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