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November 22, 2007

The Deciders: Former NYT Reporter And *Mideast Bureau Chief* Will Not Pay Taxes If US Goes To War With Iran

He's now at The Nation, where he always belonged. But what the hell was this unreconstructed red-diaper baby doing managing the Middle East desk for a supposedly objective newspaper?

I will not pay my income tax if we go to war with Iran. I realize this is a desperate and perhaps futile gesture. But an attack on Iran—which appears increasingly likely before the coming presidential election—will unleash a regional conflict of catastrophic proportions. This war, and especially Iranian retaliatory strikes on American targets, will be used to silence domestic dissent and abolish what is left of our civil liberties. It will solidify the slow-motion coup d'etat that has been under way since the 9/11 attacks. It could mean the death of the Republic.

Here's a video of Hedges being eviscerated by Hitchens, calling Hedges a "mediocre pseudointellectual" and apologist for (enthusiast of?) psychopathic evil:

The best part I think is at the end, where Hitchens calls Hedges "a perfect picture" of the "cretinous relationship between sloppy moral relativism, half baked absolutism, and the journalism that lies in between." The moderator asks Hedges if he'd like to respond, but he merely waves her off. No mas, no mas.

And in case you forgot, Hedges was the douchebag who provoked a college graduation audience into jeering and shouting "USA! USA!" by spoiling a ceremony for students and families by droning on and and on in a Marxist diatribe against "American Empire."

How braindead do you have to be to repeat the tired and utterly wrong cliche that "war is now just a videogame"? That was stupid as fuck and endlessly parroted by empty-headed half-wits in 1991, for God's sake. Update your stale act, man. Might as well toss in a couple of cutting insights about Dynasty while you're at it. Joan Collins! What a dirty bitch!

There are times I slip into the easy and obvious myself, of course, but trust me, were I giving a public speech, I would never allow myself to lapse into such musty cant. This jackass, on the other hand, thought the war-as-videogame stupidity was rather clever and worth repeating for the eight billionth time.

And this is just the sort of highly-trained, maverick-minded genius the MSM believes is uniquely -- uniquely -- qualified to pick and choose and spin the news for you.

Thanks to CJ.

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posted by Ace at 06:25 PM

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