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No one disagrees that the use of chemical weapons in Syria is despicable, and the results tragic. However, those facts alone do not make going to war either justified or even a good idea. And while the Administration can parse words all day long, launching missiles or dropping bombs constitutes going to war.

There is no clear U.S. interest in what is, in reality, a civil war on the other side of the globe. Likewise, there is nothing to indicate at this time that intervening in that civil war will benefit anyone — either here in America or in Syria.

The consequences of our military actions in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan should be a lesson to President Obama and others who appear determined to act without any meaningful strategic or national defense justification.
Gary Johnson, 2012 Libertarian candidate for president and former governor of New Mexico, on the Obama administration’s saber-rattling over war with Syria. 

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The Administration does not support blowing up planets.

From the White House’s official response to the “Death Star by 2016” petition.

They may not support blowing up planets, but the Obama Administration has little issue with leveling an entire village in Yemen with flying murder robots piloted from a booth in Nevada just to kill one suspected terrorist who’s “likely” there.

The civilians are just an oopsie who shouldn’t have gotten in the way of the Hellfire missiles, y’know? So unfortunate. /sarcasm

So there’s that.

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Twitter is flat-out killing me right now… neo-cons are having a goddamn meltdown. 

They don’t seem to get that Obama’s foreign policy is actually uncomfortably close to their own. It’s up to us to keep the pressure on regarding drone strikes, kill lists, civil rights, and the PATRIOT ACT. 

Fuck “Who is John Galt?” BS. Who is Bradley Manning, President Obama?

Twitter is flat-out killing me right now… neo-cons are having a goddamn meltdown.

They don’t seem to get that Obama’s foreign policy is actually uncomfortably close to their own. It’s up to us to keep the pressure on regarding drone strikes, kill lists, civil rights, and the PATRIOT ACT.

Fuck “Who is John Galt?” BS. Who is Bradley Manning, President Obama?

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Nour Abuagila, a Libyan student at the University of Wyoming, mans a table at the student union in response to Tuesday’s attacks in Libya. The table featured pictures of people in Libya holding signs rebuking the violence.
He said, “We want people to know that this is not Libyans. There’s six of us Libyans students here today. We talked to our families back home. They said, ‘It is not all Libyans. Libyans are crying.’ It is the extremists. We do not want Americans to think this is all Libyans, that it is all Muslims. It is not. We are grateful for support against extremists.”
His sign:

Image text: [On behalf of Libyan students we Apologize and condemn in strongest terms the criminal and terrible action that happened recently in Libya. These militant islamist groups do not represent Libyans. Please remember there were Libyans who fought against the extremists. We Will never forget US supports.]
I’m not sure how to feel about this other than somewhat sad. Are we really at the point where Libyans both in Libya and the U.S. feel the need to clarify this point?
Or have we never left that point?
Look at Muslims being continuously asked to apologize for extremists in their faith. Are Christians asked to apologize for every Christian terrorist or act of violence committed by Christians? No. If the question is ever broached, the response is, “Well, they’re not true Christians, so…”
To my fellow Americans: If that above holds true, then Al-Qaeda and the attackers in Libya and Egypt are not true Muslims. Fair? Otherwise, white Christians have some serious tabling to do at UW on behalf of the violence inflicted on American Indians. 

Nour Abuagila, a Libyan student at the University of Wyoming, mans a table at the student union in response to Tuesday’s attacks in Libya. The table featured pictures of people in Libya holding signs rebuking the violence.

He said, “We want people to know that this is not Libyans. There’s six of us Libyans students here today. We talked to our families back home. They said, ‘It is not all Libyans. Libyans are crying.’ It is the extremists. We do not want Americans to think this is all Libyans, that it is all Muslims. It is not. We are grateful for support against extremists.”

His sign:

Image text: [On behalf of Libyan students we Apologize and condemn in strongest terms the criminal and terrible action that happened recently in Libya. These militant islamist groups do not represent Libyans. Please remember there were Libyans who fought against the extremists. We Will never forget US supports.]

I’m not sure how to feel about this other than somewhat sad. Are we really at the point where Libyans both in Libya and the U.S. feel the need to clarify this point?

Or have we never left that point?

Look at Muslims being continuously asked to apologize for extremists in their faith. Are Christians asked to apologize for every Christian terrorist or act of violence committed by Christians? No. If the question is ever broached, the response is, “Well, they’re not true Christians, so…”

To my fellow Americans: If that above holds true, then Al-Qaeda and the attackers in Libya and Egypt are not true Muslims. Fair? Otherwise, white Christians have some serious tabling to do at UW on behalf of the violence inflicted on American Indians. 

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The Lost Soul Of Mitt Romney

Rick Unger writes on Forbes:

While the Romney campaign chose to turn yesterday’s events in Cairo and Benghazi into a political opportunity by criticizing the Obama Administration for a statement issued by our embassy in Cairo earlier in the day (more on that in a moment), a check of Twitter and other communications sources reveals that, as of the time of publication of this piece, Governor Romney has not yet seen fit to so much as express his condolences to the families of Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who lost their lives in service to their country. Now, if I’ve somehow missed Romney’s issuance of condolences, I’m sure that there are many readers who will gladly point this out. I, in turn, will be more than willing to correct the record if this is the case—however a close search of all sources reveals that no such statement has been forthcoming from the Romney camp.

The Romney condemnation—issued prior to official confirmation of Ambassador Steven’s death—stated, “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

These words were uttered at the time when the families of our fellow countrymen were being notified of the terrible fate that had befallen their loved ones.

Is this really how leadership works?

A leader waits until all the facts are available and the impact of one’s words can be more fully assessed…

It’s amazing to watch this fall apart for Romney. Usually, he waits for the GOP to make some kind of cohesive statement with which he can fall in line. No such waiting here — Romney leapt forward, ahead of the facts, and flat onto his face. Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite snowbilly troll, Sarah Palin, found time to work a dick joke into her statement on Facebook. Unfortunately, with her busy schedule, there was not enough time to give condolences.

Keep it classy, Sarah.

What happened in Libya and Egypt is terrible. Violence against anyone — American or not — is horrific, and it is heartbreaking that those killed were attempting to broker peace. Note to Romney and Palin: We still don’t know all the facts.

I offer my condolences to those affected by these attacks. Further, I hope the families of those killed can be spared further sneers from Romney and jokes about the president’s supposed lack of a “big stick.”

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Jon Huntsman's Foreign Policy

Getting to know GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman:

In a 2012 Republican presidential field with relatively little foreign policy heft, Jon Huntsman has it in spades. The former ambassador and oft-traveled billionaire, heir to a massive chemical conglomerate fortune, is one of the most globally minded candidates in a field of otherwise parochial, or even isolationist, figures within the party.

Talking to his associates from his time in China, one hears near-universal respect for the man and his views of America’s role within the world - even to the point of turning his time away from the states in China into a potential political asset, an instance of confronting communists with a case for freedom. They’ll tell you Huntsman truly does view his role as one of duty and service to the nation - even to the point of setting aside his Mormon religious views on drinking alcohol to drink the disgusting baijiu liquor which is mandatory at Chinese events (I’m told Huntsman would drink the clear alcohol once and then switch to water, hoping no one noticed after the first round). Huntsman’s tenure as ambassador was marked by only one significant public gaffe, a bizarre incident where he attended, then fled, from a Jasmine Revolution protest, attracting attention for the large American flag patch on his arm (he claims he stumbled across the protest by accident).

Yet for someone whose campaign has already adopted a view prioritizing global issues, and whose announcement in front of the statue of liberty this week was purposefully constructed to spark recollections of Ronald Reagan’s run against Jimmy Carter, Huntsman’s publicly-expressed foreign policy views seem to have more in common with Carter than with Reagan.

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