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A Little Conservative Wisdom

5 Dec

Two HotheadsDaniel Larison vents the kind of moral outrage I like in my foreign policy.

After the last decade of unnecessary and disastrous warfare, the idea that U.S. foreign policy needs more “moral fervor” in the form of a greater willingness to plunge into new conflicts, including Syria, is madness. Our foreign policy might benefit from some genuine moral fervor, but moralistic rhetoric in foreign policy debate is always little more than a cover for claiming the right to dictate political outcomes in other countries, to inflict massive damage on other nations with no regard for the costs or consequences, and to rationalize whatever misdeeds and crimes our government happens to commit along the way.

A little less “interventionism”, a lot less attitude.

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Sore Winners

14 Nov

Same-sex marriage supporters are cautiously cheering the victory in four states of three ballot initiatives supporting same sex marriage and another banning same-sex marriage. The pain caused by lifetimes of discrimination is not leading to reconciliation with a broader society and same-sex marriage opponents who themselves have considered the implications of a country where individuals and families disagree about the meaning of marriage.

As an example, this ugly spectacle could not been more fitting, and E.J. Graff and Maggie Gallagher manage to demonstrate why supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage need eventually to find common ground on the overall meaning of marriage, whether it’s commitment or procreation. As it is now, Thomas Peters, of the National Organization for Marriage, views the political situation as temporary.

Well, I think victory after victory can bring complacency.

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Petraeus Out With A Whimper

10 Nov

I have to laugh – and cry.

David Petraeus resigns for an “extra-marital affair”?!

The stunning news came just 14 months after Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director, his wife, Holly, at his side.

Today, Petraeus announced his resignation in a statement to the agency’s employees, saying:

“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

The retired four-star general said he went to the White House yesterday, met with President Obama, and asked to resign for personal reasons.

The president made no mention of the matter at his own White House event today, and Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to comment. Continue reading

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