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Decision ‘08 » Blog Archive » Round Two: The Hitch Vs. Sheehan

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Friday, August 19th, 2005

Only a fool would accuse Christopher Hitchens of shying away from a fight…and the readers of this blog are no fools. The Hitch comes out swinging again at the Sheehan charade, first asking when some real reporters might make their way to Crawford, then dealing with Cindy’s easily disproved allegation that her ‘my son died for Israel’ e-mail was doctored.

That’s all just the warmup, though, to Hitchens’ real point: what happens if Cindy Sheehan gets what she wants? What if we just up and left Iraq?

…[T]he consequences of such a capitulation would be for the people of Iraq. Paint your own mental picture of a country that was already almost beyond rescue in 2003, as it is handed back to an alliance of homicidal Baathists and Bin-Ladenists. Comfort yourself, if that’s the way you think, with the idea that such people are only nasty because Bush made them so. Intone the Sheehan mantra—repeated this very week—that terrorism is no problem because after all Bush is the leading terrorist in the world. See if that cheers you up. Try it on your friends. Live with it, if you are ready to live with the consequences of what you desire.

This is an argument, about a real war, that deserves moral seriousness on all sides. Flippancy and light-mindedness have no place. Cindy Sheehan’s cheerleader Michael Moore has compared the “insurgents” in Iraq to the American minutemen and Founding Fathers. Do I taunt him for not volunteering to fight himself in such a noble cause? Of course I do not. That would be a low and sly blow. Do I say that he is spouting fascistic nonsense? Of course I do. Is Cindy Sheehan exempt from any verdict on her wacko opinions because of her bereavement? I would say that she is not. Has she been led into a false position by eager cynics who have sacrificed nothing and who would happily surrender unconditionally to the worst enemy that currently faces civilization? That’s for her to clarify.If I ever run for office, I want Christopher Hitchens to be my entire cabinet plus my Press Secretary (an offer he would no doubt wisely refuse…even Hitchens doesn’t drink that much)…


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Informed Speculation » The Lancet Study Refuses To Die

Deepak Chopra, the ‘new-age’ guru whose radical views on the non-physical nature of physical nature (I’m not making that up) we’ve had occasion to ridicule before, is the latest to resurrect the Lancet study ’100,000 Iraqi civilians killed’ number, even after that number has been discarded by such anti-Iraq War organizations as the U.N. and Iraq Body Count. Chopra, you see, is so smart that he’s apparently only just discovered the study and feels we are equally ill-informed:

I don’t expect to influence anyone who screams his opinions, but for those who might have worried that I was casting out imaginary numbers, the following may be useful:

The original estimate that coalition forces, but primarily the U.S., may have killed 100,000 Iraqis unnecessarily appeared in the leading British medical journal, The Lancet. Links to this report are widely available at Google.com. Here is one from the CBC news service in Canada.

If I may respond:

Deepak, congrats on finding the Lancet study months and months after it has been widely dissected and discarded by people who actually keep up with these matters. I’m interested in knowing why the United Nations and Iraq Body Count, two organizations in opposition to the war, would be inclined to circulate figures at 1/4 of that level. In the future, if I may be so bold, you might review the tens of thousands of posts that have related to this issue before reverting to the least credible source available.

Oh, and enjoy your weekend…

Decision ‘08 » Blog Archive » Candidate Profile Twenty-Five: Russ Feingold

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Friday, August 19th, 2005

Only a fool would accuse Christopher Hitchens of shying away from a fight…and the readers of this blog are no fools. The Hitch comes out swinging again at the Sheehan charade, first asking when some real reporters might make their way to Crawford, then dealing with Cindy’s easily disproved allegation that her ‘my son died for Israel’ e-mail was doctored.

That’s all just the warmup, though, to Hitchens’ real point: what happens if Cindy Sheehan gets what she wants? What if we just up and left Iraq?

…[T]he consequences of such a capitulation would be for the people of Iraq. Paint your own mental picture of a country that was already almost beyond rescue in 2003, as it is handed back to an alliance of homicidal Baathists and Bin-Ladenists. Comfort yourself, if that’s the way you think, with the idea that such people are only nasty because Bush made them so. Intone the Sheehan mantra—repeated this very week—that terrorism is no problem because after all Bush is the leading terrorist in the world. See if that cheers you up. Try it on your friends. Live with it, if you are ready to live with the consequences of what you desire.

This is an argument, about a real war, that deserves moral seriousness on all sides. Flippancy and light-mindedness have no place. Cindy Sheehan’s cheerleader Michael Moore has compared the “insurgents” in Iraq to the American minutemen and Founding Fathers. Do I taunt him for not volunteering to fight himself in such a noble cause? Of course I do not. That would be a low and sly blow. Do I say that he is spouting fascistic nonsense? Of course I do. Is Cindy Sheehan exempt from any verdict on her wacko opinions because of her bereavement? I would say that she is not. Has she been led into a false position by eager cynics who have sacrificed nothing and who would happily surrender unconditionally to the worst enemy that currently faces civilization? That’s for her to clarify.If I ever run for office, I want Christopher Hitchens to be my entire cabinet plus my Press Secretary (an offer he would no doubt wisely refuse…even Hitchens doesn’t drink that much)…


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Decision ‘08 » Blog Archive » Sorry, Mickey, But Krugman Is Still Wrong

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Friday, August 19th, 2005

Only a fool would accuse Christopher Hitchens of shying away from a fight…and the readers of this blog are no fools. The Hitch comes out swinging again at the Sheehan charade, first asking when some real reporters might make their way to Crawford, then dealing with Cindy’s easily disproved allegation that her ‘my son died for Israel’ e-mail was doctored.

That’s all just the warmup, though, to Hitchens’ real point: what happens if Cindy Sheehan gets what she wants? What if we just up and left Iraq?

…[T]he consequences of such a capitulation would be for the people of Iraq. Paint your own mental picture of a country that was already almost beyond rescue in 2003, as it is handed back to an alliance of homicidal Baathists and Bin-Ladenists. Comfort yourself, if that’s the way you think, with the idea that such people are only nasty because Bush made them so. Intone the Sheehan mantra—repeated this very week—that terrorism is no problem because after all Bush is the leading terrorist in the world. See if that cheers you up. Try it on your friends. Live with it, if you are ready to live with the consequences of what you desire.

This is an argument, about a real war, that deserves moral seriousness on all sides. Flippancy and light-mindedness have no place. Cindy Sheehan’s cheerleader Michael Moore has compared the “insurgents” in Iraq to the American minutemen and Founding Fathers. Do I taunt him for not volunteering to fight himself in such a noble cause? Of course I do not. That would be a low and sly blow. Do I say that he is spouting fascistic nonsense? Of course I do. Is Cindy Sheehan exempt from any verdict on her wacko opinions because of her bereavement? I would say that she is not. Has she been led into a false position by eager cynics who have sacrificed nothing and who would happily surrender unconditionally to the worst enemy that currently faces civilization? That’s for her to clarify.If I ever run for office, I want Christopher Hitchens to be my entire cabinet plus my Press Secretary (an offer he would no doubt wisely refuse…even Hitchens doesn’t drink that much)…


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Decision ‘08 » Blog Archive » Thank God They’re Not ALL Chuck Hagels

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Mitt Romney provides a welcome contrast to all the weak-kneed recent responses to Iraq:

Amid growing concern among Republicans over the course of the war in Iraq, Governor Mitt Romney expressed support yesterday for President Bush’s approach and warned that a premature withdrawal of American troops would inspire terrorists worldwide.

‘’The enemy is emboldened by anything other than the strength of America,” Romney said.

Romney, who is weighing a presidential run in 2008, said in a brief interview yesterday that, like many Americans, he wants to see US troops pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible and stability brought to the country ‘’on the earliest possible timetable.” But he declined to advocate a specific timetable for bringing troops home and said it would be a mistake if the Bush administration committed to one publicly.

If he keeps talking like that, he’s got a shot at my vote…


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  1. 1
    megapotamus Says:

    Hagel has triangulated himself out of existence as far as I’m concerned. If he pulled his skirt up over his head and ran around in circles screaming about mutant rabbits attacking him, he could hardly be more ridiculous. Thank God for primaries.


  2. 2
    Mark Says:

    Agreed…I think Hagel is my new least favorite Republican…


  3. 3
    Nathan Burd Says:

    Romney is speaking the clearest on the ongoing war on terror. He’s blunt, straight-forward, and right.

    Nathan
    www.americansformitt.com

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Decision ‘08 » Blog Archive » Weekly Jackass Number Forty: Arlen Specter

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Friday, August 19th, 2005

Only a fool would accuse Christopher Hitchens of shying away from a fight…and the readers of this blog are no fools. The Hitch comes out swinging again at the Sheehan charade, first asking when some real reporters might make their way to Crawford, then dealing with Cindy’s easily disproved allegation that her ‘my son died for Israel’ e-mail was doctored.

That’s all just the warmup, though, to Hitchens’ real point: what happens if Cindy Sheehan gets what she wants? What if we just up and left Iraq?

…[T]he consequences of such a capitulation would be for the people of Iraq. Paint your own mental picture of a country that was already almost beyond rescue in 2003, as it is handed back to an alliance of homicidal Baathists and Bin-Ladenists. Comfort yourself, if that’s the way you think, with the idea that such people are only nasty because Bush made them so. Intone the Sheehan mantra—repeated this very week—that terrorism is no problem because after all Bush is the leading terrorist in the world. See if that cheers you up. Try it on your friends. Live with it, if you are ready to live with the consequences of what you desire.

This is an argument, about a real war, that deserves moral seriousness on all sides. Flippancy and light-mindedness have no place. Cindy Sheehan’s cheerleader Michael Moore has compared the “insurgents” in Iraq to the American minutemen and Founding Fathers. Do I taunt him for not volunteering to fight himself in such a noble cause? Of course I do not. That would be a low and sly blow. Do I say that he is spouting fascistic nonsense? Of course I do. Is Cindy Sheehan exempt from any verdict on her wacko opinions because of her bereavement? I would say that she is not. Has she been led into a false position by eager cynics who have sacrificed nothing and who would happily surrender unconditionally to the worst enemy that currently faces civilization? That’s for her to clarify.If I ever run for office, I want Christopher Hitchens to be my entire cabinet plus my Press Secretary (an offer he would no doubt wisely refuse…even Hitchens doesn’t drink that much)…


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The main site for Archive Team is at archiveteam.org and contains up to the date information on various projects, manifestos, plans and walkthroughs.

This collection contains the output of many Archive Team projects, both ongoing and completed. Thanks to the generous providing of disk space by the Internet Archive, multi-terabyte datasets can be made available, as well as in use by the Wayback Machine, providing a path back to lost websites and work.

Our collection has grown to the point of having sub-collections for the type of data we acquire. If you are seeking to browse the contents of these collections, the Wayback Machine is the best first stop. Otherwise, you are free to dig into the stacks to see what you may find.

The Archive Team Panic Downloads are full pulldowns of currently extant websites, meant to serve as emergency backups for needed sites that are in danger of closing, or which will be missed dearly if suddenly lost due to hard drive crashes or server failures.

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Formed in 2009, the Archive Team (not to be confused with the archive.org Archive-It Team) is a rogue archivist collective dedicated to saving copies of rapidly dying or deleted websites for the sake of history and digital heritage. The group is 100% composed of volunteers and interested parties, and has expanded into a large amount of related projects for saving online and digital history.

History is littered with hundreds of conflicts over the future of a community, group, location or business that were “resolved” when one of the parties stepped ahead and destroyed what was there. With the original point of contention destroyed, the debates would fall to the wayside. Archive Team believes that by duplicated condemned data, the conversation and debate can continue, as well as the richness and insight gained by keeping the materials. Our projects have ranged in size from a single volunteer downloading the data to a small-but-critical site, to over 100 volunteers stepping forward to acquire terabytes of user-created data to save for future generations.

The main site for Archive Team is at archiveteam.org and contains up to the date information on various projects, manifestos, plans and walkthroughs.

This collection contains the output of many Archive Team projects, both ongoing and completed. Thanks to the generous providing of disk space by the Internet Archive, multi-terabyte datasets can be made available, as well as in use by the Wayback Machine, providing a path back to lost websites and work.

Our collection has grown to the point of having sub-collections for the type of data we acquire. If you are seeking to browse the contents of these collections, the Wayback Machine is the best first stop. Otherwise, you are free to dig into the stacks to see what you may find.

The Archive Team Panic Downloads are full pulldowns of currently extant websites, meant to serve as emergency backups for needed sites that are in danger of closing, or which will be missed dearly if suddenly lost due to hard drive crashes or server failures.

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Formed in 2009, the Archive Team (not to be confused with the archive.org Archive-It Team) is a rogue archivist collective dedicated to saving copies of rapidly dying or deleted websites for the sake of history and digital heritage. The group is 100% composed of volunteers and interested parties, and has expanded into a large amount of related projects for saving online and digital history.

History is littered with hundreds of conflicts over the future of a community, group, location or business that were “resolved” when one of the parties stepped ahead and destroyed what was there. With the original point of contention destroyed, the debates would fall to the wayside. Archive Team believes that by duplicated condemned data, the conversation and debate can continue, as well as the richness and insight gained by keeping the materials. Our projects have ranged in size from a single volunteer downloading the data to a small-but-critical site, to over 100 volunteers stepping forward to acquire terabytes of user-created data to save for future generations.

The main site for Archive Team is at archiveteam.org and contains up to the date information on various projects, manifestos, plans and walkthroughs.

This collection contains the output of many Archive Team projects, both ongoing and completed. Thanks to the generous providing of disk space by the Internet Archive, multi-terabyte datasets can be made available, as well as in use by the Wayback Machine, providing a path back to lost websites and work.

Our collection has grown to the point of having sub-collections for the type of data we acquire. If you are seeking to browse the contents of these collections, the Wayback Machine is the best first stop. Otherwise, you are free to dig into the stacks to see what you may find.

The Archive Team Panic Downloads are full pulldowns of currently extant websites, meant to serve as emergency backups for needed sites that are in danger of closing, or which will be missed dearly if suddenly lost due to hard drive crashes or server failures.

Decision ‘08 » Blog Archive » Our Weekly Jackass Gets The Lileks Treatment

Greg Bullock Says:

Mark—I only say this because I have seen it with my own eyes: there is a preponderance of anti-Semitism amongst liberals on America’s left coast.

In Feb. of 2003 I was visiting an old high school friend of mine who settled many years ago in San Francisco after graduating from Stanford. I’ve been out to visit him many times and know that city quite well. Anyway, this was just before the US invaded Iraq; there was a large “anti-war march” happening while I was there. My friend and several of his friends were all going to “march,” so I figured I’d tag along.

Before the “march,” everyone got together to make signs to carry. I thought about making a sign that said, “you are all a bunch of idiots” but thought it might be impolitic. I settled instead on a sign that proclaimed “Ankle Biters Unite!” My own little joke. But I digress…

So, we “marched.” As we “marched,” I was astounded by the degree of anti-Israeli sentiment I saw amongst both the marchers and the spectators. There were many sign that read “No Blood for Israel” and, on the sidelines, PM Sharon was hanged in effigy. It was all pretty intense and raised for me many troubling questions about “freedom of speech” and bald faced anti-Semitism.

At one point, suddenly, there appeared a group of masked young men wearing the Palestinian headscarf, or shemagh, who were calling “Death to Israel.” One of them whispered conspiratorially to a guy from our group, “there’s going to be some trouble at the end of the parade.” I remember saying to my friend, “this would never fly in New York.” What I meant was: in New York, the “left wing” is heavily funded and peopled by Jews. While I have seen Jewish Republicans on TV, having lived in New York City most of my life, I have never actually met one. I’m not kidding. But sure enough, we later saw on the news that the otherwise peaceful parade had been “marred” by some vandalism at the end.

Just before the Republican convention kicked off here in the city last year, there was a long anti-everything parade in front of Madison Square Garden, which I watched. I saw only a very little bit of the rampant anti-Jewish sentiment that I had seen in San Francisco the year before, but still, there was more of it present than I would ever have expected to see in broad daylight in New York.

It has become obvious to me that anti-Jewish ideas and messages are now being brought in and “mainstreamed” via liberal America. This is no longer happening via white supremacist groups alone. The ultra-sensitivity of liberals to ploys of “victimhood” is being badly exploited.

This is, of course, just an anecdote from a single person, so please, let that add context and perspective.