When Ron Paul suggests that we were attacked because of our excesses of engagement with the rest of the world, for being obnoxiously in their territory. Giuliani takes offense. "You mean we were attacked because of what WE did? You should withdraw your statement and apologize"
The crowd cheers
Ron Paul makes it clear that he believes 9/11 was an example of what the CIA calls "blowback," also citing the kidnapping of Americans in the US embassy in Iran.
Like sharks in a feeding frenzy, all the other candidates want to respond to Paul. But as I watched him, my respect for him grew even more. This man may be an extreme conservative, but he's no theocrat, no corporatist. He's a truthteller who hews to the constitution. There are plenty of reasons why a liberal would not vote for him, but if he was running on the right, at least we'd know, if he won, that an honest man with the integrity not to kowtow to religious extremists or corporate special interests. He's his own man. The rest of the Republican presidential primary pack are frightening in the effort to be all things to all right wing extremists.
Asked about a theoretical scenario where terrorists are captured and more are thought to be planning worst attacks, the whole crew talk about using what it takes, alluding to torture. The crowd cheers.
Giuliani says use what needs to be done. THe crowd cheers the idea of torture. The others, try to outdo him.
Well, they're talking to their base-- the 32% of the people who still support Bush and the war. Watch them flip flop back to the middle, once the primaries are over.
The War Czar
The Wall Street Journal wrote, the other day, that Bush and his team are paying less and less attention to Iraq and Afghanistan. Like a chronic disease that you get used to, they are learning to live with it... until they hand it over to the Democrat who takes office in Jan 2009. So what's the story with the War Czar?
Simple. This allows Bush to become even more removed from the whole annoying Iraq Afghanistan thing. He can hand it off to the Czar and let him take care of it and take the blame for it.
We can't let that happen in congress. We need to make sure that until we get the US out of the stupid disaster that Bush and his rubber stamp congressional supporters put us in, the Dem congress has to keep paying attention. They can't let themselves off the hook with dilatory legislation.
They should bring this "war czar" to congress to answer questions.
The good news is, he is, apparently, not the most far right, hawkish of generals. For all we know, he may even have been hired to be the guy who says its time to get out. Wouldn't that be interesting?
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