Outrage is the recognition of your weakness and your (perceived) enemy’s (perceived) aggression.
Outrage is valuable at building in-group cohesion and subduing others.
The recognition of how outrage distorts your orientation is valuable, if harder to achieve than it seems.
Props to Hillary Clinton, the best Democratic candidate when it comes to national defense, for reiterating and emphasizing that the United States has as a goal the elimination of state-on-state warfare in areas of the world we consider important. (I heard this on Meet the Press, where the analysis was political as opposed to strategic. This sort of reaction underlines Clinton’s bravery when it comes to protecting the country.)
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, said that the U.S. “should be looking to create an umbrella of deterrence that goes much further than just Israel. Of course I would make it clear to the Iranians that an attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation from the United States, but I would do the same with other countries in the region.” …
That umbrella of deterrence would be offered, Clinton suggested, in order to deter other nations in the region “from feeling that they have to acquire nuclear weapons. You can’t go to the Saudis or the Kuwaitis or UAE and others who have a legitimate concern about Iran and say: ‘Well, don’t acquire these weapons to defend yourself’ unless you’re also willing to say we will provide a deterrent backup and we will let the Iranians know that, yes, an attack on Israel would trigger massive retaliation, but so would an attack on those countries that are willing to go under this security umbrella and forswear their own nuclear ambitions.”
This is an old strategy by the United States. But a good one.
Way to go, Hill.
Really, this is laughable stuff. I nearly left a comment, but then I remembered the adage about wrestling with a pig.
Bush Admits He Betrayed The Country, Especially The Military Â« Hidden Unities
This week, President Bush admitted to a journalist that Tony, and those like him who died in this war, died for his stubborn incompetence and patent dishonesty. This may not be news to most, but the way this bastard casually admitted heâ€™d been deliberately lying to the military, the military families and the American people for so long should gall at least some of us.
What’s sad about this is that Edide’s writing when it comes to comments (both on his blog and elsewhere) is generally top-notch.
Then vote for John McCain… or Hillary Clinton.
Now, Kos implies that Hillary Clinton’s opposition to MoveOn is political. However, judging by her many run-ins with the Left, while Obama receives their strong support, it’s fair to say that Obama is much more comfortable with Leftism and the “MoveOn” crowd than Hillary is.
Really barbaric and “Gappish.” Half Sigma has the stories.