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I've told you before, I should have been a liberal. Besides the no moral standards benefit, and the ability to self-contradict like it's my job, I'd also be a rock star. How do I know that? Look at the folks who get programs on MSNBC. Nationally broadcast programs for these folks that can't even make a logical or coherent point: Ed Schultz, for crying out loud, has a show! Ed Schultz!
Anyway, here's another doozy from some fellow named Chris Hayes. I suppose maybe I should know who he is, but I don't. But I do know that this is just, well, par for their course:
CHRIS HAYES: Sometimes I think this can't possibly be happening. After the horror of the last decade, are we really going to countenance a pre-emptive strike against a Middle Eastern country that is supposedly attempting to acquire weapons of mass destruction? The lesson of Iraq was not, as the conservative establishment seems to think, that we waged the wrong pre-emptive war. But rather, that pre-emptive war is wrong. It's not: whoops, it would have been better if we had better intelligence. It's that attacking a country unprovoked is criminal.
Wait a second. Is that an absolute? Is Hayes honestly suggesting that to attack a country without being provoked ourselves as a people is criminal and always wrong? Someone get on ancestry.com and check and see if Hayes has some distant relatives named Chamberlain. Maybe Kennedy. Joe Kennedy, Neville Chamberlain, architects of the famous Munich Pact with Hitler.
They subscribed to this philosophy, apparently. They weren't being attacked, so even though Hitler was about ready to go in and wipe out 2/3 of the Polish population after running over Austria and Czechoslovakia, it would have been criminal to try to stop him.
Don't you love how the same people who whine in the abortion debate and moral realm that there are no absolutes are quick to cling to their own when it's convenient? That's what I meant about being self-contradictory. It's a way of life on the left. Hayes wasn't done:
It violates basic international norms and moral codes. It is reckless and dangerous. It creates the conditions for bloodshed among innocents and expensive and costly blow-back. And if conservatives really want to convincingly distance themselves from George W. Bush, they could start by acknowledging that.
Wait a minute, did I hear that right? Conservatives should run on the platform of the Iraq War being criminal? Set aside the hilarity of someone on MSNBC acting like a GOP adviser and think this through. This would be like me advising Barack Obama to run on the platform that abortion is criminal. How much traction would that gain in his party?
Furthermore, Mark Finkelstine asks a good question: does this make Hillary Clinton and all the liberals that voted in favor of disarming Saddam guilty of criminal conspiracy? Lock ?em up, Chris! Good call, buddy.
Serious, hard-hitting commentary and analysis as always from the geniuses over at MSNBC.