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August 22, 2006

Iran Seizes Romanian Oil Rig By Force of Arms

A war for oil the left will ignore.

And why do they refuse to acknowledge, let alone condemn, Iran's government-sponsored, government-funded Al Qaedism and its drive to nuke Tel Aviv?

Because that might help Bush. And they actually admit it.

[I] know perfectly well that criticism of Iran is not just criticism of Iran. Whether I want it to or not, it also provides support for the Bush administration’s determined and deliberate effort to whip up enthusiasm for a military strike. Only a naif would view criticism of Iran in a vacuum, without also seeing the way it will be used by an administration that has demonstrated time and again that it can’t be trusted to act wisely.

So what to do? For the most part, I end up saying very little. And Beinart [a liberal arguing for the need of liberal hawkishness on terror] is right: there’s a sense in which that betrays my own liberal ideals. But he’s also wrong, because like it or not, my words — and those of other liberals — would end up being used to advance George Bush’s distinctly illiberal ends. And I’m simply not willing to be a pawn in the Bush administration’s latest marketing campaign.

JunkyardBlog writes:

[H]e’d rather let Iran stand unrebuked than give W an excuse to do something about it. If I accused the Left of thinking like this, even though I suspected it, I’d feel kind of sheepish and get written off as a nut; but here’s black and white confirmation of some of my worst suspicions. Some of them.


My Pet Jawa has more.

More on Iran's (first?) provocative August 22 manuever at Dan's.

Allah, meanwhile, has Iran's response to the world's demands it stop seeking a nuke -- it has, shockingly enough, offered to continue "serious negotiations" until it actually tests a nuke.

Kevin Drum is mulling his three options for dealing with this story:

1) State again that he is unwilling to even mention the most serious military threat this country is currently facing.

2) Just pretend it's not happening at all, and declare today "Who's the Boss? Appreciation Day," featuring lots of cheesecake shots of Judith Light.

3) Fake a stroke.

Who's pissing themselves? The guys who actually report this news (which even Drum admits is gravely serious) or the guys who simply embargo it and retreat further into the Liberal HappyPlace Echo Chamber Coccoon?

Related-- And Dirty: Agent Bedhead informs me that "Who's the Boss?" is now a wildy-popular sexual maneuver (Content Warning-- it's Urban Dictionary, but it describes something fairly risque. And hot.

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