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Opening Arguments

When doves cry

That suddent silence you just heard is the anti-war movement:

It’s all very confusing. When George W. Bush considered invading Iraq without a declaration of war, the Democrats wanted to try him for war crimes in The Hague. When Obama does the same thing ... crickets.

Which raises another question: Where exactly is the anti-war movement.

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The anti-war movement is MIA as this war, er counter­terrorism operation, begins. Back when Bush was waging war, dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Now it’s “racism.” If you speak truth to power in the Obama era, they call it hate speech. The IRS will audit you.

Obama’s media sycophants described his prime-time speech as “nuanced.” I’d call it ragtime.

Is it because they're just a bunch of "Democratic Party tools" guilty of "partisan hackery devoid of any moral content"? To a certain extent, I suppose, and there are probably some hawkish hacks who were cheerleading Bush on and are mostly silent now. Although, a more positive spin on that phenomenon would be to acknowledge that most of us tend to adjust our sentiments depending on whether the actions taken are by a perceived politcal friend or opponent.

But I think it's more complciated, with a lot of different factors in play. Doves can watch video, too, and two beheadings in less than a month have to makes them sense evil, too. And they can read the polls -- how dovish do you want to sound when a sizable majority of the public has suddenly gone from "war weary" to "get the bastards." Hawks have a different problem. No matter what they want done, they have to trust this very reluctant commander in chief to get it done.

Fight or don't fight is my thing, but don't fool around with it. Don't commit us to something and then change your mind and say, "Oops, just kidding, didn't mean it." I'm afraid that, with this president, it's going to be Vienam and Iraq all over again.

Poor John Kerrry. Imagine starting out as an anti-war, "America is Evil" hippie and then ending up a war secretary of state.

Oh, wait:

But it still is a war, isn’t it, Mr. Secretary Kerry?

“I think that’s the wrong terminology,” he sniffed yesterday. “What we are engaging in is a very significant counterterrorism operation.”

Does that make it … a police action? Will we have to destroy the village in order to save it?

Cindy Sheehan, call your office. Code Pink needs a leader.