Originally posted by dmz
These forums are rife with everything I've mentioned. 'Bush is fabricating the WOT, and we need to show deference to Muslims and the problem would go away.'
Now, I think that is a pretty common sentiment, on the left -- and I waded through a lot worse [not from you], and not on 'some blog' either, to find that.
So, comparing this sentiment to the visceral reaction on the UAE deal is a confusing comparison.
Huh. Well, I guess if you can read what I had posted earlier and get 'Bush is fabricating the WOT, and we need to show deference to Muslims and the problem would go away' out of it, I can see where you would feel the way you do, since apparently something happens to the written word between the screen and your eyes.
I still think Bush's prosecution of terrorism is a sham, clearly intended more to frighten and bully Americans into compliance than to increase any actual metric of security, and I still think understanding something about the motivations of the people who want to kill us, beyond "they're crazy and evil and bloodthirsty and hate freedom" is a good idea should you be sincere in your desire to avoid having them kill you.
I know, I know, you read that and see "If we were nice to the terrorists or pandered to middle easterners the problem would go away", I can't do anything about that, and I don't really care. It's such a commonplace of right wing rhetoric, to turn every statement short of "kill all terrorists fast and hard" into some species of simple minded naiveté (at best) that the whole thing is pretty tedious, at this point.
However, having said all that, the real problem with your formulation is that it proceeds from the standard, nonsense talking point that liberals don't think terrorism is a problem and don't think we should do anything about it.
And of course, the truth is, we think Bush is doing a really terrible job of fighting terrorism and going about it the wrong way and pretty much making things worse, which is quite a bit different from your fantasy version of some feckless hippie ninny.
So when we go "Shit! He turned the ports over to the UAE? WTF?" it is entirely consistent with the notion that the Bush White House is just making it up as it goes along, its self promulgated reputation as steely eyed evil fighters notwithstanding, and that who it picks and chooses to demonize has much less to do with actual threat assessments and everything to do with politics and larger regional ambitions.
Just like we've said all along.