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Anti-War Protest in DC

Posted by Ryan on September 15, 2007

The maoist, leftist hodgepodge group ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and [just to have a reasonable acronym] End Racism) held a protest march today in DC to get back some of the defeatist’s momentum that was taken away by a combination of the Petraeus report, Bush’s speech signaling to the recently castrated Dems that no matter what we’re in Iraq until he leaves office, and the outrage over the ad. 

Joining the “die-ins” were mostly college kids and a few Iraq War vets.  However, a counterprotest group called “Gathering of Eagles” showed up, but only at half the numbers of the kooks.  Gathering of Eagles is a group founded by Iraq War vets and others who would like the media to do its job and report everything that’s happening over there, especially the good stuff, as well as to keep morale and support for the war as high as they can while not abandoning our troops like in Vietnam.  Some reporters at the scene found the occasional mix of ANSWER and the Gathering of Eagles to be very tense at times.  I can also guess as to which group was the primary instigator (liberals hate people who argue back).  One of the ANSWER crowd and a 25-year old Army vet said, “we’re here to show that it isn’t just a bunch of old hippies from the ’60s who are against this war.”  No, but they are the ones funding you and giving you moral guidance. 

Here’s my ten cents on anti-war college protesters in regards to Iraq:  Some young people want to have a cause and belong to something deemed important because they want to add something meaningful to their lives.  Others are just bored and have too much time on their hands (try going to class or getting a real major).  Yet, more think that being a nice person means being liberal and, “like (tilting your head slightly) helping the environment” or “peace” are things to say in order to be that good nice person.  Still, many believe that since they are surrounded by smart people at school and can say a few intelligent-sounding things, winning an argument or two around campus with disinterested language or science majors, that they know what they are talking about. 

I had a student recently come back from a year of college wanting to discuss the Iraq War with me.  As I hide my political affiliation from my students, he picked up the subtle clues to figure me out.  He was a smart kid with a love of history and politics, but I easily slammed the principles behind every anti-war argument he had.  I told him to keep trying and to use web-thinking when formulating an argument.  Young liberal college kids are too linear in their A + B + C must mean D is the answer, when they haven’t thought about the consequences or relationships between A and B or A and C, etc.  These college types are passionate and think they are right.  I was like that too.  I attended campus and a national protests while I had a young skull full of mush in college.  I knew then like I know now that I am not automoatically or inherently correct, but I try to have a well-reasoned opinion consistent with my worldview.  Being lectured about “what is right” by unreasoned, know-it-all kids who may never have even experienced real life or considered the consequences of their actions, is not something that threatens me, but in this case may be a sign of the desperation of the anti-war crew– you know what they say: animals are always most dangerous when cornered.

AP photo.

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Giuliani Fights Back

Posted by Ryan on September 15, 2007

After She Who Must Not Be Named essentially called General Petraeus an administration shill and liar, Rudy Giuliani fired back.  As it goes, SWMNBN didn’t seem to get around to condemning the “General Betray-Us” ad put out in the New York Times on Monday.  Coupled with her insulting string of questions to Petraeus, Giuliani had enough and acted quickly and decisively.  He pressured the Times into giving him the same Moveon discount and ad placement.  He also launched an Internet ad on his campaign website that uses SWMNBN’s own words against her, demanding that she apologize. 

SWMNBN’s campaign played the victim card by calling it dirty politics, ducking the message of the ad altogether in a typical Clintonian m.o.  It’s more brilliant than dirty.  For one, Giuliani realizes that she’s going to be the Democrat nominee and to chip away at her credibility and show he’s not afraid of her this early is great.  Also, he keeps this issue in the news longer than the MSM wants it to be there, which is also great and timed well to be on the minds of many on the Sunday talk shows.  Finally, he showed that he will take the fight to his political enemy– leftist extreme groups and leftist Democrat candidates who insult the troops and their miltary leaders.  We don’t see nearly enough of this high-profile stuff from the Republicans.  I think Giuliani launched himself into the story of this week in a politically savvy way.  I still can’t vote for him in the primaries due to prinicple and my own personal political views, but I like his approach. 

Photo from flapsblog.

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