Carol Platt Liebau: Iteration of the Obvious

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Iteration of the Obvious

This piece notes breathlessly that the Rand Corp has issued a study recommending that the United States "fight" Islamofascist terrorism by "challenging its violent Islamist ideology and muzzling its leading proponents."

Well, who woulda thought?

Certainly, it's important for clerics to challenge the theological foundations of terrorism. But what the study seems to ignore is the need for political -- as well as theological -- competition for the vision of the Islamofascists. Along with their radical religious beliefs, they envision states governed by radical Muslim theocracies, where personal and political freedom is virtually nonexistent.

One of the central reasons that we must succeed in Iraq is to create a model of a free and democratic state in the heart of the Arab world. That's one of the top reasons we've gone there -- to remove the threat of Saddam Hussein, and to show disaffected, young, would-be terrorists that there are more hopeful, productive ways of existence than planning one's life around killing oneself and an assortment of innocents.

6 Comments:

Blogger Editor said...

Well of course, let’s connect some dots….

Frank Carlucci is a director on United Defense Industries (the United States' largest defense contractor), which is owned by the Carlyle Group, a merchant bank based in Washington, D.C., of which Carlucci is the chairman.

Carlucci is both a trustee of the RAND Corporation and co-chair of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP), which "sets the standard for research and analysis on the Middle East.

As mentioned before Bush (41) was a senior advisor to the Carlyle Group until October of 2003.

As mentioned before James Baker was senior counselor to the Carlyle Group until 2005.

As mentioned before the Carlyle Group is invested in and owns 70% of the US military contractors.

11:48 PM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

To continue Editors thought progression

Carlucci is an Italian name, So is Gepetto. Gepetto built Pinochio who was befriended by the Blue Fairy - ergo Carlucci is a fairy???

Hey you can make any connections you want.

2:48 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

wait so, the puppet who wanted to be a boy was all just an absinthe hallucination?

(No, wait... that was the "green fairy".)

Regarding the Carlyle Group... can I buy shares, or is it a privately owned conspiracy? Are any of them associated with the Bilderbergs (or however you spell that)?

7:48 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Much of Editor's post is cut and pasted from SourceWatch, (SW) a publication of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). CMD has been highly praised for its activities by one Bill Moyers, most recently well known for his leftist programs on PBS.

Many SW staff are products of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Several still live in that area. While all appear to be anti-capitalist, anti-government environmentalist attack dogs, portions of their individual bios reveal more than their SW/CDW alleged objectives ever would.

CDW Founder and Executive Director John Stauber in a Wisconsin high school "...organized to stop the U.S. War in Vietnam and for the first Earth Day." He has since co-authored books on mad cow disease, "Banana Republicans", and Weapons of Mass Deception (Iraq WMDs).

Associate Director Judith Stiers-Poisson, also a Wisconson grad and resident, says she "...is proudly French by marriage, especially when they refuse to go along with American-led wars."

Another Wisconsin grad and resident, Diane Farsetta, is ...a founding member of Madison Women for Peace; a Code Pink Affiliate."

Anne Landman is an anti-tobacco and environmental activist.

Conor Kenny, SW staffer and editor of another CDW publication, interned for Public Citizen's Texas Office. That office's Web site states it "...concern[s] itself with: environmental enforcement policies, global warming, promoting renewable/clean energy, product safety, nuclear safety, medical safety, auto safety/quality, pesticide safety, insurance reforms, campaign finance/ethics issues, improving state government agency operations and fair trade policies."

Anti-war, anti-capitalist, anti-conservative...three big strikes for SW and CDW. And they're out!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Editor,

I've asked you many, many times to "balance" your selective detailed background "reporting" of the connections and histories of conservatives and conservative groups with similar information regarding liberal groups.

You've ingnored every single request.

I'll take that as an admission that many leading liberals and liberal groups have some very disturbing backgrounds and associations.

Bachbone's post is one example.

As for me, I prefer to simply argue the merits of ideas rather than trade character assasinations.

Here's an idea we can debate for example:

Let's assume we have two sets of individuals and groups. One set's primary connections seem to be that they believe in, defend, and actually benefit from great American ideals like freedom and capitalism. The other set's connections seem to involve opposition to those basic American values in favor of some mythical system where everyone benefits from the "wisdom" of a centralized authority.

Which ideology would you choose to be associated with?

Which ideology would the majority of Americans choose to be associated with?

Which ideology has actually proven to be successful and which has actually proven to be a miserable failure?

6:58 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Interesting to know where the information comes from. I don't mind that they are all anti-war, anti-capitalist, trans-national socialist types; it helps put their message in proper perspective.

Would that we could such transparency from Big News.

12:33 PM  

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