Carol Platt Liebau: Putting Blame Where It Belongs

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Putting Blame Where It Belongs

I don't agree with everything Christopher Hitchens writes in this piece, but one thing he certainly gets right:

Semiconsciously, though, these tirelessly wicked forces in Iraq are denied any agency of their own, and by a none-too-clever elision, their horrific actions gradually become attributable to the presence of the very force that is fighting against them.

The kind of moral obtuseness that Hitchens critiques is evident in the left's daily discussions of Iraq. It's time to knock it off, and lay the blame where it belongs.

10 Comments:

Blogger Dittohead said...

Carol doesn't have a leg to stand on when it comes to morals as she condones war crimes of torture, secret prisons, indefinte imprisonment without trial, and a war wagged on dead-wrong intelligence.

Collin Powell said it best, you break it George, you own it. The moral and legal responsiblity of fixing Iraq lands on Bush's desk. The buck started and stops there.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Aw, now that's not fair Dittohead. You know as well as I do that the putrid quagmire of Iraq is all our fault.

I'm sorry, world. I'm sorry, America. I'm sorry, Carol. All hail Bush!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

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5:38 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

duke-stir,

We are weak and spineless cowards. No one should expect to much from our gang of anti-christians and un-Americans who are supporters of the terrorists and jihadists.

Look at our leaders, John Murtha, John Kerry, Wesley Clark, Max Cleland. All traitors, who dishonor their past service and their medals by failing to support the Commander-in-chief's wonderful and inspirational policy of staying the course.

How is Bush's approval rating. Has he bounced above 30% yet?

One can not help but wonder about the wuss(es) who is/are emailing Carol. Please Carol, I just want to be spoonfed Republican talking points. It hurts if I have to think for myself.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

I'm sure they're the same wusses who bandy about with "surrender monkey" and "commie" (oops, forgot the "pinko" prefix), "socialist" and "wacko," and "traitor."

I'm sure I'm forgetting a few. Wanna help me out, Pete and Flom?

But the fact is that most of the above have been written by none other than the blogger on a number of occasions. So maybe we should "put blame where it belongs."

Cheeky, specious, glib, abusive. What goes around, comes around.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

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6:13 PM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

Knock it off, you two -- or find some other site to comment on. Your schtick is getting tiresome. A word to the wise, okay?

7:04 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Amen to that Carol!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Damnstraight said...

elision: the act or an instance of omitting something.

I think a better word would have been transference, although that seems a bit oblique.

Sometimes in debate I like to use the not-too-clever tactic of admission. For example I freely admit I don't equate cutting someone's head off with panties over the head. I have no problem with secret prisons, indefinite imprisonment of non-uniformed terrorists caught in the act of shooting and killing innocents.

I know that intelligence is what is known and that one either acts on the known or is willing to not act and accept the consequences of what is not known. Yes, there is room that the actor acted wrongly, but that usually becomes known in hind sight.

I write here to clear my head, sharpen my thinking, and occasionally vent by calling someone a gawd-dam communist.

I write my representative who is, by the way, a gawd-dam communist, and he writes me back, lengthy, well reasoned tripe. I sense that he has read what I wrote but never rebuts me directly, preferring to resort to some not-too-clever elision.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

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10:05 AM  

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