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Decent Washington Post Editorial

Filed under: Terrorism — Patterico @ 11:03 pm

Read this editorial. Good stuff.

Madeleine Albright: The Expert on Not Upsetting Arabs

Filed under: Morons,Terrorism — Patterico @ 10:13 pm

I have to admit that I am bitterly amused to see Madeleine Albright’s statement to the 9/11 Commission suggesting that President Bush has been responsible for inciting anti-American sentiment among Arabs:

This statement is not the place to debate the wisdom of going to war in Iraq at the time we did with the support we had. It is worth noting, however, that before the war the president predicted that the terrorist threat to America and the world will be diminished the moment that Saddam Hussein is disarmed.

After the war, he admitted that Iraq has become the central front in the war against terror. According to one terrorism specialist for the Congressional Research Service, Iraq is a rallying cause for al-Qaeda its allowed them to attract new recruits. This was an organization that was under enormous pressure. Iraq has put new wind in its sails, definitely.

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I have found widespread dismay in many corners of the world at the Bush Administrations decision to detain hundreds of people in Guantanamo for more than two years without trial, access to legal assistance or any specific charges being made against them. No other aspect of our policy has done as much to squander support for the United States and to create doubts about our commitment to our own ideals.

It is possible and perhaps probable that anger over these detentions has helped bin Laden succeed in recruiting more new operatives than the number of suspects now being held.

It is “possible and perhaps probable” that no living person in this country, except for perhaps Lesley Stahl, has been more responsible for inciting anti-American sentiment among Arabs than Madeleine Albright.

To understand why, read this post.

On the Road Towards Vindication

Filed under: Court Decisions — Patterico @ 9:16 pm

Reading through the coverage of the oral argument in the Pledge case today, I am feeling on the road towards vindication. (For good coverage, go to this link at How Appealing and just keep scrolling down.) I predicted yesterday that the standing issue would be the most critical issue on the Justices’ minds, and would occupy a substantial portion of the argument. From what I’ve read, this prediction appears to have proved true, so far.

What Editorial Writers Really Think of You and Me

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 8:36 pm

An editorial in the Nashville City Paper is a wonderful example of the media’s attitude towards media criticism.

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