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Question of the Day
“I wasn’t pleased. Certainly, some [Democratic senators] did well and some didn’t. I wasn’t pleased at the nitpicking,” Mr. Rendell told the Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer.
“I believe he’s a qualified judge. He sits on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. I don’t know if you know this, Bill: My wife is a 3rd Circuit Court judge,” Mr. Rendell said.
He added: “She has a high opinion of his integrity and his academic standards. She doesn’t agree with him on a number of cases and agrees with him on some. … As long as the Supreme Court justice is appointed who has high academic qualifications, significant integrity — and Judge Alito certainly does — we should confirm him, regardless of our disagreement on the way he may interpret one aspect of the law. I think we’ve fallen into just such partisanship in D.C.; not just in this, but in so many things, it’s in some way ways tearing the country apart.”
Knocking the troops
“I don’t support our troops,” Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein writes.
“If you think invading Iraq was a good idea, then by all means, support away. Load up on those patriotic magnets and bracelets and other trinkets the Chinese are making money off of,” Mr. Stein said.
“But I’m not for the war. And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken — and they’re wussy by definition. It’s as if the one lesson they took away from Vietnam wasn’t to avoid foreign conflicts with no pressing national interest, but to remember to throw a parade afterward.”
Mr. Stein said U.S. troops are engaged in an immoral struggle, “signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism.”
“The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they’re following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying. An army of people ignoring their morality, by the way, is also Jack Abramoff’s pet name for the House of Representatives.”
“A former Defense Department analyst was sentenced to a harsh 12 years in prison Friday for disclosing classified information. That ought to get the attention of the person or persons who leaked the existence of the National Security Agency’s highly classified wiretapping program to the New York Times,” the Wall Street Journal says.
“Especially so since in sentencing Lawrence Franklin, the judge explicitly rejected a good-intentions defense. At Friday’s hearing, federal Judge T.S. Ellis III agreed with Mr. Franklin’s statement that he did not intend to damage the U.S. by revealing government secrets to two employees of a pro-Israel lobbying group and an Israeli Embassy official,” the newspaper said in an editorial.
“Mr. Franklin, who pleaded guilty in October, thought U.S. policy ought to be tougher on Iran, which he followed for the Pentagon. He said that he disclosed the classified information because he was ‘frustrated’ with the direction of government policy and thought he could influence it through ‘back channels.’ Supporters of the NSA-wiretap leakers likewise argue that it’s OK to reveal classified data as long as you believe you are in the moral right and that the public would benefit from disclosure. The word for this supposedly virtuous action is ‘whistleblower.’”
By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
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