Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Is that what the debate has come to? Which side can corral the saddest crop of widows, parents, and orphans? Call it a harms race. Better: an ache-off. We hope the grimly absurd image of two competing camps of mourners illustrates why it is we've been somewhat reluctant to weigh in on Sheehan's cause: Grief can pull a person in any direction, and whatever "moral authority" it imbues, we can't claim that Sheehan has it and those mothers who still support the war don't. The Bush administration knows all about exploiting tragedy for its own causes, including re-election. Whatever arguments there are against the war in Iraq, let's not make "I have more despairing mothers on my side" one of them. The only way to win a grief contest is for more people to die.
Yeah, yeah, ass-fucking, Jenna, yaboobs, gin, crack. Is that the post you wanted?
How about all of the above?

The important question concerning Able Danger is whether the decision was seen as mandated by policy or was simply the response to a fear of recrimination.

update: and... Here we go!

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