A Stopped Clock And All That



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Bush administration officials say that Karzai and Musharraf, along with the influential and relatively moderate Iraqi Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani, are the "indispensable men" of post-Sept. 11 foreign policy for their ability to hold Islamic extremism at bay.

Note the emphasis. Rare indeed are the times that the media places qualifiers in front of "moderate" when referring to Sistani. Maybe the reporter took the time to actually look at his website, and noticed his devotion to sharia?

I can't let this post go with noting, in the quoted paragraph, that if Bush administration officials believe this is the Holy Trinity to keeping Islamic extremism at bay, we are in deep, deep shiite.

Karzai? Yeah, there's hope there, but Musharraf and Sistani? Yeesh.

Posted by: Vinnie at 11:31 PM


1 They qualified "moderate" in this case because it's the new moonbat thesis that Iraq's democracy isn't a true democracy because they are fundamentalist moslems. It's a purely Bush-hating thing, because when it suits them otherwise, Libs thinks fundamentalist moslems are just fine and dandy freedom fighters. Libs go back and forth and play both arguments against the middle depending on how it best suits them. It's not hard to spot. It's very much like how they simultaneously offer two mutually exclusive arguments depending on how it suits them at the moment (i.e., America "made" Saddam's WMD program, yet Saddam had no WMDs).

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at September 27, 2006 11:45 PM

2 And so are dashed my hopes of a glimmer of common sense from the media.

Posted by: Vinnie at September 28, 2006 12:05 AM

3 You can tell by Mustache's facial expressions and body language that he is caught between a rock and a hard place, and is playing both sides of the fence.

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at September 28, 2006 12:09 AM

4 JC, do you ever get tired of hearing yourself speak? I believe the modifier relatively was used by the writer because it is generally accepted in Western political circles -- including the Bush administration -- that al-Sistani is a moderate relative to the typical Muslim cleric in Iraq and the greater mideast. He could be a raging madman by our standards, but relative to other clerics, he is a moderate. Why does everything play out as a Lib plot in your cartoon mind?

Posted by: grinnel at September 28, 2006 12:42 AM

5 I like how you juxtapose the discussion of 3 Islamic strongmen with a piece of homoerotic art.

That statue makes my nipples perky.

Ever since I learned thatAuguste Rodin may have been Juif, I have decided to stop posting my anti-Semitic gibberish. In fact, I am now pro-Israel.

Sometime I will tell you aboutthe distress I experienced whilewatching our two biggest phallic symbols fall in New York, and how I irrationally attribute responsibility to our own government based on early suppressed memories of my own parents burning down our shibboleth.

Posted by: Greg at September 28, 2006 05:57 AM

6 Musharraf playing both sides of the fence. Let us suppose this is an honest, decent person wishing for peace in the world and happiness for all.

Posted by: greyrooster at September 28, 2006 07:11 AM

7 jonny

Posted by: jonny at September 28, 2006 08:50 AM

8 jonny

Posted by: jonny at September 28, 2006 08:50 AM

9 What! Leave me be. I'm busy cornholing Vinnie.

Posted by: jonny at September 28, 2006 06:42 PM

10 It's called commitment rooster. Not saying it is easy ....

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 03, 2006 11:47 PM

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