This blog started out as a companion piece to my book, Musings from the Christian Left (excerpts of which can be found in the July 2004 link) and to support a planned radio show. Now, its simply a long term writing project from a Christian Left Libertarian perspective (meaning I often argue for liberty within the (Catholic) Church, rather than liberty because the church takes care of a conservative view of morality.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Post Doesn't Get It

The Post reports that a distant cousin of mine, a Mr. Tilton, did not like Senator Clinton's response to his statement on repudiating her vote to the war in Iraq.

Quite a few of us favored the war when it started, and all but the Greens are glad to see Saddam Hussein and his Islamic Socialism go.

Mrs. Clinton has been sharply critical of the President's conduct of the war. She gets it. What is important is not how we got into the war, its how to get out. If the Post were to cover the story of who can get us out of the war, it would help focus the debate on where it needs to be for this election cycle.

4 Comments:

Blogger Democracy Lover said...

If Senator Clinton still does not think she made a mistake in voting for the Iraq War, it shows either an extraordinary failure to understand how we got into this situation and the role of the Congress, or an inability to admit error similar to that of our Decider-in-Chief. Either way, it disqualifies her from consideration in the 2008 race and makes any other statement she makes about this situation suspect on its face.

There are few people anywhere including Greens, who are not glad that Saddam Hussein is no longer in power, but that avoids the entire question of the role of the United States in the Middle East and the World at large. If we are to view ourselves as able to justifiably intervene in any nation, anywhere, anytime to remove any tyrant (by our definition), then we are seriously deranged.

I wish there were a Democratic candidate in the 2008 race that understood not only how to extricate us from Iraq, but how to prevent us from a similar mistake in the future. Until such a candidate appears, we should yawn in the face of the opportunistic pretenders who seek to represent the party.

2:09 PM

 
Blogger Michael Bindner said...

The big issue is not how we got in, as I said. I agree that dealing with the military-industrial complex is essential to prevent future Iraq's. However, no GOPeon will do that. Hillary might.

10:49 PM

 
Blogger Democracy Lover said...

I cannot see any reason to feel optimistic in the least about the ability or potential for Hillary Clinton to deal with the military-industrial complex in any meaningful way. In fact, of the current crop of hopefuls, I would rank her at the bottom in terms of that potential. Her record is one of accommodation and opportunism.

3:39 PM

 
Blogger Michael Bindner said...

Sometimes what you do as Prez and what you do and say on the Hill are totally different. It depends on who is staffing her.

I didn't say she was the only candidate, but that the Post coverage of her was missing the point.

I think Gen. Wesley Clark, who has not yet and may not announce, would be the best candidate to get us out of Iraq and reverse the military buildup, which the War is a smokescreen for.

1:18 PM

 

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