Thursday, November 10, 2005

Evening musings

Two bits before turning in for the night: McCain speaking out and taking the moral high ground and Robertson speaking out and showing how much of an idiot he is.

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Hot off the wire, from a speach John McCain gave today to the American Enterprise Institute:
Republican Sen. John McCain, a major backer of the Iraq war, said on Thursday the Bush administration must make broad changes in its strategy to confront the insurgency in Iraq, and commit more troops and resources to the effort....

McCain stood firm in his dispute with the White House over legislation he has proposed outlawing torture or cruel and inhumane treatment of U.S. prisoners. Vice President Dick Cheney is working in Congress to exempt the CIA from such a formal ban.

"We're either going to have a blanketed uniform standard or we're not," McCain said in answer to a question. He said torturing to get information was immoral, was not effective and encouraged potential enemies to do the same to Americans.

A senior member of the Armed Services Committee, McCain said the administration must take a new approach in Iraq that he said would require more U.S. troops and would "take time, probably years, and mean more American casualties."
While perhaps I'm not keen on more loss of American lives, at least this is a strategy beyond stay the course. And, McCain is a true warrior who understands, from a very personal level, the cost of war. He speaks from the heart and from the head and from the moral high ground.

Perhaps he'll be the next Commander in Chief...

And, now, to the other side of the coin:
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson warned residents of a rural Pennsylvania town Thursday that disaster may strike there because they "voted God out of your city" by ousting school board members who favored teaching intelligent design....

"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected him from your city," Robertson said on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club."
I don't want to say Robertson is a moron, but, as pointed out in the article:

Robertson made headlines this summer when he called on his daily show for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
In October 2003, he suggested that the State Department be blown up with a nuclear device. He has also said that feminism encourages women to "kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
Now, there's a guy who'd best let somebody screen his words before he speaks. He's no better than rabid, extremist, Muslim cleric.

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