…with the left as a whole.

They always manage to associate the words “withdrawal” and “retreat” with “courage”.

Thus they push Bob Herbert Op-ed and again advise surrender and retreat and describe it as courage and bravery.

Tell we should we applying the “If we start with the idea…” rules with the media it tends to work too, doesn’t it?

Tell me As a person who never served if this makes me a “chickhawk”, does this make them “chickendoves”?

But seriously, courage was Bush willing to do the surge when all seemed lost, Courage was John McCain willing to back it when even republicans wanted to run away (it is for that reason why although I support J.D. I’ll always believe the country owes him a huge debt) that was courage.

…that they are all Marxists it makes perfect sense.” meme in play. In fact three of them:

Item: Apparently environmental groups have decided that their love for the environment doesn’t trump their loyalty to the dear leader president.

Actress Q’orianka Kilcher chained herself to the White House fence while her mother slathered the “Pocahontas” star in black paint meant to look like oozing crude.

Kilcher’s cause? Not the Gulf spill at all but oil-related abuses of indigenous people in Peru, whose president was visiting Obama that day.

As the greatest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history has played out on Obama’s watch, the environmental movement has essentially given him a pass — all but refusing to unleash any vocal criticism against the president even as the public has grown more frustrated by Obama’s performance.

About a dozen environmental groups took out a full page ad in the Washington Post Tuesday – not to fault Obama over the ecological catastrophe but to thank him for putting on hold an Alaska drilling project.

After all its one thing to protect the environment it’s quite another to protect the higher cause of Obama, and if the environment has to suffer well so be it. After all once oil drilling is allowed in Alaska, you can’t fund raise based on stopping it can you?

Item: Speaking of oil drilling apparently.

The seven experts who advised President Obama on how to deal with offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon explosion are accusing his administration of misrepresenting their views to make it appear that they supported a six-month drilling moratorium — something they actually oppose.

You mean that the administration is actually misrepresenting the facts from their own reports? Why would one do such a thing? Why because the ends justify the means of course.

Item: Mosab Yousef is the son of a founder of Hamas founder who eventually decided what was being done was wrong, converted to Christianity and used his position to give Israel information that saved lives. He is intimately familiar with the mind set of terror and has written a book on the subject called Son of Hamas. You would think that this is exactly the type of person we want to encourage and to protect. You would apparently think wrong:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano believes Mosab Yousef is a national security threat, and wants to send him back to Palestine. According to Yousef writing on his publisher’s blog, he is now Homeland Security File# A 088 271 051. He is scheduled to appear before Immigration Judge Rico J. Bartolomei at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Court in San Diego on June 30th at 8 a.m.

As you can guess people of sense are up in arms over this nonsense. The only people he is a threat to is our enemies.

Forgetting the fact for the moment that letting him stay is the right thing to do, letting him stay is also the SMART thing to do. How are we going to encourage people to be warn us on terror attacks if we throw people who help stop them under the bus? Not a wise recruitment tool.

I would encourage you to contact your representatives on this matter.

Why on earth would this administration act this way? The question answers itself.

I have several friends who might be considered more conservative than me, who have been telling me for a couple of years that basically this administration is being run by Marxists. I have resisted that suggestion for a long time. Then Powerline posted this:

ASSISTANT SECRETARY POSNER: Sure. You know, I think – again, this goes back to Ambassador Huntsman’s comment. Part of a mature relationship is that you have an open discussion where you not only raise the other guy’s problems, but you raise your own, and you have a discussion about it. We did plenty of that. We had experts from the U.S. side, for example, yesterday, talking about treatment of Muslim Americans in an immigration context. We had a discussion of racial discrimination. We had a back-and-forth about how each of our societies are dealing with those sorts of questions. …

QUESTION: Did the recently passed Arizona immigration law come up? And, if so, did they bring it up or did you bring it up?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY POSNER: We brought it up early and often. It was mentioned in the first session, and as a troubling trend in our society and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination, and that these are issues very much being debated in our own society.

Powerline comments:

What an idiot! China murdered millions of its citizens who opposed the government’s Communist policies and allows most of its people little or no freedom. We, on the other hand, enforce our immigration laws. No, wait–actually we don’t. That’s why Arizona had to take a shot at it. Oh, by the way, Michael Posner, you clueless moron–China actually does enforce its immigration laws.

I looked at the organized adulation of a “dear leader” but wasn’t willing to call it marxism, just people excited and gone a bit overboard.

I agreed that the health care bill was socialism gone amok but wasn’t willing to call it marxism

I looked at the some of the appointments and figured hey you are just dealing with low level guys from academia.

I looked at the undermining of Israel and figured it wasn’t Marxism, just simple antisemitism, and those are two different things.

Then came the Arizona law and I figured it was just pandering to their radical base domesticity.

Eventually you have to go where the data takes you. I think i’ll give the last word to Jay Nordlinger:

I hope I have read that incorrectly, or am interpreting it incorrectly. Did we, the United States, talking to a government that maintains a gulag, that denies people their basic rights, that in all probability harvests organs, apologize for the new immigration law in Arizona? Really, really?…Do you ever get the idea that our government is a bunch of left-wing undergraduates come to power?

As my friends have said: “If you start from the idea they are all Marxists it makes perfect sense.”

To my friends that I’ve argued the point with in the past: Point conceded.

Update: Apparently this doesn’t just apply to the administration.