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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2008, 08:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,021
Posted By JimN
Re: Obama's War on Terror

I agree that this was a great diavlog. And the news from the fight against al-Qaeda is encouraging.

Good article via the link to Spencer's "Obama Doctrine" article, and maybe the doctrine will be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-06-2008, 07:59 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 38,652
Posted By JimN
Re: Throwing a Renewal Party

I'd love to see people get past the rhetoric of abortion and find practical ways to actually reduce the number of abortions. I guess there are too many political points to be scored for the vested...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-05-2008, 02:42 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,198
Posted By JimN
Re: Damn the Pundits!

Jim,

Consider yourself scourged and raked over the coals!
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-04-2008, 02:09 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 57,114
Posted By JimN
Re: The Conservative Civil War

Although I'm a liberal, I agree with some of the sentiment here that the country needs an opposition, that the rebuilding of the GOP is something worthwhile and necessary to balance the extremes of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-28-2008, 11:24 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 28,420
Posted By JimN
Re: Intolerable Failure

Funny, but living under socialism doesn't feel much different to me than capitalism did.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2008, 02:05 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By JimN
Re: Special Ambush Edition

I also found it fascinating. Usually I can't stand JG, esp since he insists liberalism is essentially fascism--which defies common sense and is itself a fascistic attempt to shut down debate with ad...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-23-2008, 07:08 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

"If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-21-2008, 10:49 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: Minority Opinion...

kidneystones:

I've enjoyed the exchange as well, and I hope I don't have to eat too much crow in the future!
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-21-2008, 10:39 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

Great Op-Ed (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/10/21/the_grand_illusion_of_american_power/) in today's Boston Globe. Another Colonel coming out against the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-21-2008, 10:21 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: The Beginning of the End of Hope...

This is revolting and depressing. It's hard to convert people to one's side of the argument with this kind of thing going on. It reminds me of the "Gen Betray-Us" ad, which I complained to MoveOn...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-21-2008, 12:48 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

These are good points about Iran, but only in the context of understanding the war as an attempt to transform the Middle East, when it was sold as being about Iraq's WMD. That's the root of the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-20-2008, 08:23 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

You may be right about this, but what I remember was the IAEA not wanting to take a definitive stand on this. I also remember very specifically that when we sent a representative to NATO (maybe it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-20-2008, 06:13 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: Nuclear war

I don't think you're a hateful racist. These times aren't easy, and it's getting more and more difficult not to characterize our opponents by the most fringe members of their respective political...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-20-2008, 10:45 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: McCain is right on Iraq, but you're not permitted

Is it unreasonable for people to vote based on more than one issue?
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-20-2008, 10:43 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

I think I was so confused by the statement you quoted that it threw me off! He does that to me.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-19-2008, 10:48 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

I agree. I remember wondering, why Iraq and not Iran or North Korea? If WMD was really the problem, those two were bigger threats. That's why I never bought the argument that WMD were the primary...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-19-2008, 09:21 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

More from the speech by Col Mansoor, combat brigade commander, Executive Officer to Gen Petraeus, and member of the Council of Colonels which was instrumental in the strategies behind the surge:
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Forum: Diavlog comments 10-18-2008, 03:40 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

Sorry for being dense, but who is WHB?
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-18-2008, 03:40 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

I just listened to a great speech from Col Peter Mansoor to the Commonwealth Club of California. He's written a new book, Baghdad at Sunrise. He was a combat brigade commander in Iraq, Gen...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2008, 10:49 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

Well, thanks for finally giving a straight argument instead of just character attacks. I gave the Bush administration every benefit of the doubt I could at the time. I wanted to support this war,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2008, 07:34 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

Thanks, Uncle, it's not really a big deal. I wouldn't have brought it up except to defend myself, and I didn't have to make many sacrifices in the service, thank goodness.

Oh, and by the way,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2008, 05:47 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

Well, I'm no expert, I just have a firm belief in obvious things like knowing why you're fighting, who the enemy is, and how best to defeat them. I don't have a strong opinion on how to win at this...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2008, 12:50 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

In your anger you're making a ton of false assumptions. For starters, I am not anti-war. I'm an Air Force Academy graduate and veteran and seriously disagreed with this war, based on what I believe...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2008, 10:09 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

This assumes that we were faced with a choice of invading Iraq now (2003) or later, when the truth is that there were more options on the table than that. Most of Bush's justifications for the war...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2008, 04:20 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By JimN
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

I think Alterman's point, that Hitchens has argued against a parody of liberalism, is well proven by this diavlog. Hitchens entire argument against liberals over the Iraq invasion rests on the...
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