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An Important Consideration

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I’m inclined to think the Marine who capped the ‘insurgent’ in Fallujah made the right call, but I don’t know enough facts one way or the other so I’ll trust the Marine Corps to do the right thing here. Meanwhile, Dale Franks at QandO has a powerful and thought-provoking essay.

You know, there’s a part of me that just doesn’t care. These “insurgents” have been booby-trapping bodies. Wounded people have opened fire on our guys. So screw ’em. That’s the first thing that comes to mind. These are bad guys, and they’re killing our men, so whatever they get, it’s better than they deserve.

But, almost immediately, the second thought is that this can’t be condoned. This is precisely the type of thing that eats into a units discipline, and changes them from soldiers into a very, very lethal armed mob. It eats into the core of what being a soldier, rather than a simple killer is all about.

As must a read as it gets.

Written by martinipundit

November 17, 2004 at 7:14 pm

Posted in General, GWOT

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Cabinet Meeting

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I have quietly wondered how it is that the folks in the diversity business have been able to manage to ignore the fact that Bush has the most diverse cabinet in history. First black Secretary of State followed by the first black woman Secretary of State (note this means that for the whole of the Bush Presidency, America’s face to the world will be black). There are others as well, but none of them there because they did anything less than earn the position (except for Norm Minetta).

Yet somehow, this same phenomenon is ignored by the supposed racist, religious ideologues who voted for Bush. I mean, the spectacle of a white president kissing a black woman in any capacity would have sparked riots and lynchings not so very long ago. Yet the Bush supporters are strangely quiet about that. Maybe they’re too dumb to realize what’s going on.

More here from Michael Goodwin.

Update The Black Republican has more.

Written by martinipundit

November 17, 2004 at 10:27 am

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