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New York firefighters on Giuliani ( Filed under: Politics, The War on Terror )

It seems some of them don’t like him. I’ve gone off on Giuliani before and I’ll probably do it again, but I want to say that I actually admire his aggressiveness about fighting terrorism. Immediately following 9/11, his black and white mind was a reassuring presence. But some things have happened between now and then, […]

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Giuliani continues toil in the tragedy mine ( Filed under: Politics, The War on Terror )

There’s gold in them thar hills! Giuliani continues campaigning for President of 9/11. To wit: “If [a democrat] gets elected, it sounds to me like we’re going on the defense,” [Giuliani] said. “We’ve got a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. We’re going to wave the white flag there. We’re going to try to cut back […]

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Giuliani: Four more years of FEAR! FEAR! FEAR! ( Filed under: Politics )

Just when you thought it was safe to expect a politician to attempt argument or persuasion, Giuliani brings back the panic speech. Giuliani… what can you say. I honestly don’t know the first thing about him, and I am eager not to know much more. The more he opens his mouth, the more he strikes […]

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“His great virtue and his weakness” ( Filed under: Hell, Let's Call it Torture, Politics, The War on Terror )

I just finished part 2 of the Washington Post’s Cheney profile. Read it if you have any interest in understanding the mindset of an American who comes to embrace torture – and understand it we must, if we are resolved to begin the long and hard work of removing this stain from our honor. It […]

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Right on the nail, from Ron Paul ( Filed under: Politics )

“We should have a strong president – strong enough to resist the temptation of taking power that a president shouldn’t have.” Paul cuts open the central fallacies of the Bush administration like so many tomatoes. And he exposes Giuliani and Romney for the fearful, compromised men that they are. You can see why the Republican […]

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The worst 3 presidential candidates ( Filed under: Politics )

So far. 1. Rudy Giuliani: the Eater of Civil Liberties. The Continuity Candidate: the problem with our terror policies isn’t that they corrode America’s values and don’t deliver results, the problem is that we haven’t pursued them for long enough yet. 2. Mitt Romney: the Go-Getter. Narrowly beating out Hillary Clinton, on the grounds that […]

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Who is Ron Paul? ( Filed under: Hell, Let's Call it Torture, Politics, The War on Terror )

I had never heard of this guy until the Republican primary debate the other night. Not that I watched that (it wasn’t broadcast in Okinawa that I know of). A wikipedia search later, I was reading his June 2002 speech in the House of Representatives. Impressive, I must say. Nine months after the hijackings, not […]

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Surge, or time-delay fuse? ( Filed under: Politics, The Imperial President, The War on Terror )

Joshua Micah Marshall at Talking Points Memo argues, citing circumstantial evidence, that the surge is designed to push the inevitable loss of Iraq into the tenure of the next U.S. president, protecting Bush from some of the blame for it. I’m reluctant to believe that anyone could be that ruthless, let alone the man who […]

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Oh yeah, one more thing… ( Filed under: Hell, Let's Call it Torture, Politics )

That article also says Giuliani “backs intense interrogation of suspects, though not torture.” And on Guantanamo, he says, There is a Greek maxim: Moderation is the answer to everything, and any extreme is bad,” he said. “I haven’t been to Guantánamo. I can’t judge Guantánamo.” I’m going to go out on a limb here and […]

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