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Ventriloquism, Lileks style, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the foreign policy

I'm going to have to start publishing my morning posts the night before so Lileks doesn't steal my thunder. Well, no. He always has more thunder than me. It's just that we seem to be on the same wavelength most days and he gets to compose his screed before I compose mine. Some days that's a good thing. Like today. Let's just copy and paste from today's Bleat. Put a "me, too" at the end of it, and you have my morning essay. I have one issue above all: the war. And yes, I’m one of those deluded types who thinks we’re at war, and that the absence of attacks since 9/11 no more means we’re not at war than the absence of air raids on Manhattan in 1942 meant we weren’t at war with Germany and Japan. Yep. Well, just read the whole thing, from where its says Update right to the end. Picture it over, at this site. Every word. Every. Single. Word. Go, read. Then come back here, pretend I wrote it and comment on it. Now I'm going to ask you the very same questions James asks at the end of today's Bleat. bq. Okay. A simple quiz.
1. We should promote the rebuilding of the international community through the UN to stop tyrannical regimes through forceful nonviolent intervention.
2 "You’re either with us, or with the terrorists."
Imagine a bomb just went off in your local mall. Choose one. Maybe a bomb didn't go off in my local mall, but two planes crashed into a building not too far from me, killing people I knew. You know which one I chose.


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Lileks can write for me any day, too (well, except maybe when he's playing with My Little Ponies...).

The short short version: I agree with Lileks -- Bush "gets" the war better than Kerry, but I'm of the opinion that further military engagements abroad, while they may well be necessary, leave a gaping hole in our societal defenses -- it does us no good to fight Islamic whackjobs abroad if we let them into our country peacefully. Overall, I'm very much undecided between Bush and Kerry. I really want to vote for Bush, but I'm having a hard time convincing myself that it's thre right thing to do. I've attempted to address this in a little bit more detail at my own blog.

Indecision is a pain.

Um, talk about tinfoil hat. Get some therapy.

The only point Lileks didn't cover was how bin Laden has already been captured and is being held until the most opportune timing for Bush. Cuz Bush is an evil, manipulative, self-serving liar and all.

What I find hard to comprehend is this: Kerry is really the best that the Democratic party has to offer?? Bush had a great line about him yesterday when he visited the bay area - he said something to the effect that Kerry has been in politics for a long time...long enough, in fact, to vote for both sides of most issues. That pretty much sums up the man for me - I'm thinking that his campaign theme song playlist needs to include The Lovin' Spoonfuls tune "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?"

The facts cannot be disputed, much as the left enjoys using revisionist hindsight in order to justify their blind hatred of Bush: the U.S. was attacked. Bush was the President at that moment. The ad shows a montage of images that not only represent the impromptu speech he made, but that sum up the entirety of what effect that attack had on our nation, collectively: innocent lives were lost at the hands of terrorists. Personally, I think the ad should have shown a quick shot of all those who voted to support the war.

I'm clear across the county in Silicon Valley, and I made the same choice. An attack on America is an attack on me.

I have another reason to vote for W. We've been a thorn in the Euros side since the mid-1700's and I see no reason to stop now.

It'll drive them over the edge!

It's a feature, not a bug.

Trouble is there are more than two choices.

In an odd way, the attacks on New York and
Washington were so harsh they cauterized the wound they caused. Or to switch metaphors – we were stabbed in the back, and that’s not a scar you see when
you face yourself in the mirror.

That's great stuff, Jame -- er -- Michele. Right on the money.

Seriously, both you and James quite often write what I'm thinking on this topic, which is why you're both required reading for me in the morning. And, you also both talk about music. I love this blog thing -- a little something for everyone.

Lileks is the erma bombeck of the guns and ammo crowd.
Yeah, 11 dark skinned people took out the wtc, let's get all the darkies!! War is always best..cause..ah ..it is!

Jud, better men than you have been wounded, some even killed by taking measures to avoid excessive civilian casualties. Some of those better men than you have BEEN dark skinned. Some of those better men than you have been women.
Your ignorant and boorish comment shows that you have no idea what it means to wear the uniform of the United States of America. It further shows that you are not fit to carry the sweaty jockstraps of those who do.
Those men and women not only protect you but in so doing they liberated fifty MILLION people from brutal tyrants. Come back when you've liberated one.

I pick "1, but go bomb the shit out of whoever bombed the mall, 'cause they attacked us and must pay." Hence, I'm 100% behind kicking Qaida/Taliban ass until every damned one of them is nothing but a smear of blood drying in the desert, but I still don't think the Iraq war was/is a good idea.

Remember the essay I sent in for Voices?

I made that choice while living through the 4 days after the planes hit. Same choice as yours, kiddo.

Never again, never forget, never forgive.

There is nothing about any of the candidates the Dems have fielded that make me think that any of them share that simple resolve. And there's everything about Kerry over the past 30 years that I've been watching him that makes me think he doesn't.

"Yeah, 11 dark skinned people took out the wtc, let's get all the darkies!! War is always best..cause..ah ..it is!"

is there a hall of f(sh)ame for dumb-ass anti- war posts? this character is a contender.

"Posted by at March 6, 2004 11:19 PM" on the stern thread is me by the way.