Civil Liberties

Rethinking The Reaction to the 9/11 Attacks

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Columnist Ron Hart at the Daily Caller:

In the nine years since 9/11, we gave up too many of our freedoms and overreacted by invading and occupying two countries without having a clear mission.

Obama's teleprompter writers are finally renaming the war in Iraq, and he will be withdrawing troops on Bush's timetable. Led by pressure from thinkers like Ron Paul, a libertarian Congressman and ex-gynecologist who understands the value of pulling out, we seem to be correcting our mistakes.

Obama, like most men with prowess, fears premature evacuation. It will come as great news to our 50,000 troops left in Iraq that they no longer are fighting the longest "war" in American history. Our remaining soldiers will find comfort in Obama's word-smithing and in the new, focus group-tested title for our troops: "security forces." They will be glad to know that they are now being shot at and blown up in Iraq while "keeping the peace." At least this provides job security for soldiers. Some jobs like theirs will last forever, much like being Paris Hilton's drug dealer.

Bush has kept a low profile, avoiding the liberal media's requests for interviews. Maybe in retirement he has learned to avoid unwinnable battles by simply not going there. It is the same reason Obama does not answer any questions from a Fox News reporter.

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  1. I think The Jacket is challenging us to a Caption Contest!

    “See, first I put the peanut butter on, THEN I put the jelly on the other slice. When you do it that way it’s a whole different flavor.”

    1. “So, let me get this straight: I don’t have to keep ANY of my promises?”

    2. “Let me be clear, I inherited this ugly blue tie from my predecessor.”

    3. “Do not put peanut butter on that! A Grilled Charlie has peanut butter last! Peanut butter outside, chocolate inside, butter inside, cheese outside!”

      1. here eat this cat food and drink this beer

    4. “If any women call asking for Clinton, don’t invite em over unless you like thick girls”

    5. “And then he says ‘Dave’s not here, man,’ again but Dave is outside the door, not inside the apartment.”

      “I don’t get it.”

    6. “You do the Robot like this –but makin’ sure the DJ is spinnin’ some sy-fy beatz first”

    7. “If your happy and you know it clap your hands.”

    8. “Have you seen Biden’s new trick? He sticks his tongue out, then WHAM!”

    9. “So if I just blame everything on you, I can do everything you did without losing popularity?”

    10. Time is on my side, yes it is…

      (think Denzel)

  2. Led by pressure from thinkers like Ron Paul, a libertarian Congressman and ex-gynecologist who understands the value of pulling out[…]

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    1. Which is to say, he knows that by the time you’re considering pulling out, the damage is most likely done.

  3. Is Iraq now a police action, like the Korean Conflict? Which still hasn’t ended, I might add.

    1. Yes. And Iraqis will have the same civil rights as the accused in a Prince Georges County “No Knock” SWAT raid.

      1. Could be worse. They could only have the rights of the accused’s dog.

      2. According the Balko, they have it better with regard to “SWAT” visits.

    2. Well, considering the fact that we still have active military bases in Japan and Germany, I really didn’t expect gone to mean gone or done to mean done. Get us out of WWII!

  4. Caption:

    “Did your’s grow this much when you were elected?”

  5. Prepare for sockpuppet invasion.

  6. “Fucking libertarians never go along with anything.”

    1. I highly doubt that any president since the concept of modern libertarianism was born has ever entertained us as a polity for more than the length of time it takes to deliver the punchline.

  7. “Iraq will become a $1 trillion social studies lesson.”

    Ron Hart goes for the throat. I like, I like.

  8. Obama: …& then i grab a dog, an i choke ’em, & i kick the shit out ’em…”

    Bush: Tharn!?!?

  9. “Next time Michelle is away, can you introduce me to Ann Coulter?”

  10. The author is 9/11.

  11. Great column, this Hart guy is funny.

  12. Bush has kept a low profile, avoiding the liberal media’s requests for interviews. Maybe in retirement he has learned to avoid unwinnable battles by simply not going there.

    Either that or he’s a, you know, traditionalist.

    Up until Clinton (always an innovator in narcissism), there was an unwritten rule that ex-presidents would disappear from the public eye for two years to let the new guy work without interference. Bush41 did it for Clinton, Reagan did for Bush41, Carter did it for Reagan and so on.

    Clinton, of course, couldn’t stay out of the limelight for more than a few months. I predict Obama will be the same way. Someone who use “I” and “me” in speeches as much as he does will not be able to stay out of the public eye for long.

    1. …the public eye…

      the public I

  13. WTF is up with the link “war in Iraq”? It goes to some internal admin page for the site.

  14. Fantastic writing, I like this guy.

    1. Ron, is that you? It would be more believable if you popped in to comment on posts other than your own columns.

  15. I went to the Egyptian Consulate in NYC today. They just have a simple metal detector in front of their door. No emptying pockets, no x-ray machine, and the door is open half the time during business hours. Anyone could toss a grenade in, but the Egyptian government has faith in Americans and their dedication to peace. As I walked through the metal detector I thought, “Wow, that was so easy. I remember when life used be like that.” The fact that I need the government of Egypt to remind me what it was like to live in a freer society says volumes about how America has change.

    1. I went to the American Consulate in Cairo today. It’s like an armed installation–the outer wall is cratered and pockmarked with bulletholes. When I finally got past the gate I had to run the full security routine, emptying pockets, x-ray machine–I was lucky to avoid a cavity search. I later found out I was lucky to get in because the door is secured most of the day, it’s only opened during the safest portion of business hours. Anyone could toss a grenade in. The Egyptian government is an ally of Americans and yet their government can do nothing to prevent these routine attacks. As I walked through the metal detector I thought, “How has it come to this?.”

      The fact that I need the government of Egypt to remind me what it was like to live in a freer society says volumes about how America has change.

      They are safe here. Jihadis aren’t aiming at the Egyptian Consulate, and angry Americans generally write angry blog posts in lieu of sucide bombing.

      It’s sad that you can live here and not realise that.

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