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December 30, 2010

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Rob Crawford

Vietnam, which, contrary to some liberal fantasies, is not the only war America ever fought.

Ah, but it's the only one the left ever won.

Rob Crawford

If he is ever unfortunate enough to be mugged, I hope he can avoid calling the police and instead rise above the foul idea that incarcerating felons can halt the inevitable human tendency towards crime. Grrr...

Remember the scene in "Airplane!" where the passengers form a line to slap some sense into the hysterical woman?

I wonder if McCarthy -- faced with a similar line formed in order to demonstrate the idiocy of his passive-ism -- would call for the police to use force to protect him.

Sue

I love that picture.

Tom Bowler

What impregnable, unassailable moral certainty! What an asshole!

Appalled

A question. When is it disgraceful to print a column? The column does not suggest violence against a group. It also does not slander individuals. The column, itself, reflects a viewpoint that is afloat in the land -- isn't it the point of op-ed pages to print stuff the editorial department does not agree with?

I dislike and disagree with the column, and do wonder what makes so many peace activists so darn smug. But, really. Is snarky pacifism really beyond the pale of acceptable thought?

Sue

In recent years, I've had several Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans in my college classes.

...

ROTC and its warrior ethic taint the intellectual purity of a school,

I don't even know what to say to this. It blows the mind that combat veterans would be subjected to this small mind as a professor.

NK

McCarthy is such a moronic Harvard Lefty it doesn't even warrant a response. TM-- great photo. The men who become combat troops in today's Army/USMC are heroes in the best sense of the word.

MarkO

Every lefty who missed the '60's wants to recreate the magic of occupying the dean's office and ending the war by singing "Imagine," or a reworking of "Stewball Was A Racehorse."

I still want to be in the Glenn Miller band.

Kurt

This has been Colman McCarthy's line for decades now. What will be interesting to see is whether or not any elite campuses are bold enough to own up to this type of reasoning themselves. After all, doing so means owning up to the hostility towards the military that exists on those campuses.

Sue

Now that asking and telling has ceased to be problematic in military circles,

One would think this was just a convenient excuse to be used. Sort of like how Afghanistan was the "good" war until it wasn't. Lesson learned. Never trust a liberal to not move the goal posts.

Danube of Thought

This fool has been around forever.

boris

"does not suggest violence against a group. It also does not slander individuals"

Same could be claimed for Jim Crow. Back of the bus is not violence, not slander. Seperate but equal is not violence, not slander.

Frau Kartoffelpüree

"Pacifist, journalist and ethical vegetarian
WTH? Whatta guy!

"I still want to be in the Glenn Miller band."
And I still want to wear a gardenia in my hair and sing with the trio in front of Glenn and his band.

sbw

The test for lefty myopia consists of two questions:

1) What moves into the vacuum created by ineffective governments?

2) Is the United Nations an effective police force to counteract that vacuum?

The test for everyone else is:

1) In what class are the answers to these two questions taught?

Answer: In no public school curriculum with which I am familiar.

Which may explain why Colman McCarthy's ignorance is showing.

MarkO

Frau, we'll get the band back together.

Frau Kartoffelpüree

The opinion is fine on the opinion page. Is there a *public* rebuttal other than on blogs?

Where's JMH?

NK

DOT-- thanks for the Wiki link. God a bigger dufus than McCarthy is scarcely imaginable. My favorite quote is the one about Hitler. NcCarthy would have made the Joe Kennedy appeasement deal with Hitler in 1940 to avoid "50 Million Deaths". Leave aside that concocted number, If Churchill and the Roosevelt had not confronted Hitler, the Nazi scientists would have developed the A-Bomb first, and Moscow, London and the US East Coast would have been turned to glass by Hitler's nuclear attacks. McCarthy's a freakin' genius.

Captain Hate

After all, doing so means owning up to the hostility towards the military that exists on those campuses.

Just once I'd like any of these assholes to make a "principled" stand that costs them funding.

Captain Hate

Where's JMH?

I was wondering that also.

narciso

One of those recess opponents is this yutz for assistant atty gen.

Cole went on to write that the United States has faced "many forms of devastating crime," from the drug trade to organized crime to rape and child abuse. "The acts of Sept. 11 were horrible, but so are these other things," he wrote

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/12/30/gop-fuming-recess-appointment-lawyer-compared-drug-trade/#ixzz19cRaxo00

Threadkiller



Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I think I'm entitled to them.

Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I want the truth!

Jessep: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!

The movie took a dump afterwards.

PD

I wonder if McCarthy -- faced with a similar line formed in order to demonstrate the idiocy of his passive-ism -- would call for the police to use force to protect him.

I remember during the recent presidential campaign, when some intrepid reporters decided to approach Bill Ayers outside his home to ask about his connection with Obama. I guess he didn't like the attention because he called the cops.

narciso

Considering that he did that film, stoned, it was still some of Sorkin's best work.

Threadkiller

That explains it. You would have to be stoned to create a character as tough as Jessep and allow him to be tripped up by a juvenile lawyer. That was my issue with the film. Jessep would have not fallen for that trap.

Donald

I think this guy got sand in his vagina.

Danube of Thought

“It is by no means enough that an officer of the naval service be a capable mariner. He must be that, of course, but also a great deal more. He should be a gentleman of liberal education, refined, manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor..."

--John Paul Jones [supposedly]

Those are attributes that can be developed on a good college campus. Or they used to be, anyway.

narciso

Well it was based on the play, which I assume he did sober, and it has the requisite touches Kiefer Sutherland's pychotic marine. Gitmo back then, didn't have the stigma that the left attached to it now, think of it more
like Checkpoint Charlie with palm trees. Jack Baeer's future boss, dispatched in Season 2, Xander Berkeley, surfaces here as the JAG detailee, along with a future JAG TV player, John Jackson.

But getting back to point, 'America's army
or the Taliban' makes one wretch one's Angus
Third Pounder

Mike Giles

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf".
George Orwell

NK

TK-- I've always wondered about Jessup's speech since I first saw it performed on Broadway by Stephen Lang in 1989? It's perfect defense of a honorable, if erroneous military commander. Yet it was written by a coke addled left wing military hater Aaron Sorkin. I still find the speech strange, I guess it makes sense to Sorkin who is on a different planet than me. Lang also played a "crazed" Marine in Avatar. He's much more thoughtful and interesting than coke head Sorkin though.

Jim Miller

I am not worried that our "elite" colleges and universities will be contaminated by closer contact with our military; I am worried that our military might be contaminated by closer contact with our "elite" colleges and universities.

Seriously.

NK

Mike Giles- I had forgotten about that Orwell quote. One of Orwell's best thoughts-- and Orwell had alot of great thoughts.

Bryn

I think the solution here is simple: No ROTC, no government support in the form of student loan underwriting, no NIH grants etc. Works for me.

NK

Bryn-- did't the Congress pass that in the Solomon amendment? Is the Solomon amendment still law?

gilley

My eldest son is turning 18 next week and is registering for the draft today. It is required by law even though we don't draft, and even though women (who demand equal rights in all things except apparently equal responsibility) are not subject to the same requirement. Interestingly, he informs me that he has to register in order for most colleges and universities to accept him. That seems inconsistent with the ROTC ban on some campuses, doesn't it?

rrpjr

"I admire those who join armies, whether America's or the Taliban's..."

I'd say "unbelievable" if I weren't already too painfully familiar with this kind of sick moral scumbling by the Left.

This over-educated imbecile has no idea who secures his peace.

Porchlight

Dear me, how I despise the Left.

Chubby

pacifism belongs to the equality of outcome school of thought, in that it similarly imposes a false equality between good and evil, just like equality of outcome imposes the twisted notion that sloth and industry merit equal reward and treatment.

it boils down to the basic error of not making distinctions, which Orwell fictionally represented by the language of Newspeak, the major feature of which was to reduce the number of words by which things could be named

(([In 2050] Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like "freedom is slavery" when the concept of freedom has been abolished? )) George Orwell, 1984

or---how could you have a slogan like "abolish evil" when the concept of evil has been abolished (by making it equal to good)?

Mike Giles, thanks for the Orwell quote. The man was a prophet.

MarkO

He likely would admire those brave men who machine-gunned Jews.

Threadkiller

It is designed to show that the toughest of soldiers will always be outsmarted by an elite. Brains over brawn. It puts us in our place and validates Sorkin's view of the world.

Chubby

((He likely would admire those brave men who machine-gunned Jews.))

are you talking about Orwell?

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Aged hippies are pitiful.

MarkO

I wonder if it is hard to be fat and stupid?

Walter

gilley,

Unless the law has changed, it is a requirement for US financial aid.

Chubby

((Aged hippies are pitiful.))

manifest arrested development

Walter

...for the student, that is. The schools probably don't want to make an offer they won't be able to fulfill.

Rob Crawford

When is it disgraceful to print a column?

When the column is amoral gibberish, leaving the readers dumber for having read it.

When the column expresses such abysmal and foul concepts as to leave the reader feeling filthy. Wouldn't it be disgraceful to publish a column seriously advocating pedophilia, coprophagy, or cannibalism?

Rob Crawford

I think this guy got sand in his vagina.

He's not manly enough to have a vagina.

NK

TK-- I guess that's Sorkin's point. I volunteered to organize Fleet Weeks and recussitate the USO in NYC, so I had the privilige of working with uniformed military of all ranks for years. I live and work with the "elites" everyday. The military people know what they are about and how to accomplish goals. the "elites"? what a waste of IQ.

Rob Crawford

Dear me, how I despise the Left.

Sad, innit?

I really think they believe they're doing good. But so many are so pig-ignorant, bigoted, and fanatic they'll never pause and wonder if they could possibly be wrong.

NK

RobC-- I have many business associates and friends on the Left. You've just described them perfectly.

narciso

With an Obama appointment, one requires cronyism as well as the requisite left wing position, from Tappper, Cole was a consultant
for AIG prior to the Collapse

NK

Speaking of "elites", one of our betters and BHO Dem crony extraordinaire Steve Rattner agreed to pay a $10 Million settlement for the NYS pension fund "pay for play" scam in which he participated. Rattner crushed GM/Chrysler bondholders, and stole from NYS taxpayers-- but I bet he's still a friend of Barry and Timmie Turbo tax. Shame, that means the politicized US Atty for the Southern District won't indict him. I really detest these people.

Comanche Voter

To really understand what a doofus Colman McCarthy is, one of his stated criticisms of the ROTC in this piece was that ROTC courses were viewed as academically "soft'.
And yet in the same piece he praises Cornell for having curricula in "women's studies', "black studies" and "gay and lesbian studies". Now those courses are about as soft academically as you can get.

McCarthy, simply put, is a twit.

narciso

Oh Bhaara, I'm sure he's auditioning for the Comey slot at Justice

NK

Narciso-- yes. as best as I can figure Bhaara sees himself as a Left-wing Rudy G.

Rob Crawford

Scary thoughts from wretchard, LUN:

The anarchist activity on the extreme Left suggests some within are ready to move onto the next phase: internal rectification.

Rectification is not an electrical term. On the Left it means “power struggle” or purge.

bandit

God bless him for writing what the left actually thinks.

narciso

Interesting deal,that brings me to my first post ever, one of the recess appointments was
'outed' by the German successor to Phil Agee's
outfit, years ago.

bgates

This somehow turns out to be on-topic.

Guess the author and context of the following sentence:
Its foundation is that the United States defined in the Constitution are a set of decentralized sovereignties where personal responsibility, private property and a laissez-faire economy should reign.

Danube of Thought

My dad's closest friend was a Marine Major General named Johnny Condon. After he saw A Few Good Men I asked him if Nicholson had been believable as a Marine, and he said "very much so--a Marine who has lost his mind."

As I recall, Rob Reiner was involved with the flick as well.

Neo

do wonder what makes so many peace activists so darn smug

It's that they think they have outsmarted the system, such that, the need to actually with a situation with any sort of moral dilemma, is now beyond their mortal curiosity.

narciso

From all indications, he was a remarkable individual and a great judge of character, in the LUN

Danube of Thought

Speaking of real Marines, check out R. Lee Ermey in this clip.

jorgxmckie

I didn't read the comments yet, so I may be covering someone else, but . . .

Personally, I prefer the "warrior ethic" to the "asshole ethic" most generally exhibited by the "intellectuals" on the Left and in most of Academia. I have associated with both, and believe it when I say the former are waaaaaaaaay preferable to the latter as companions in any setting.

Frau Kartoffelpüree

That's good news about the band, MarkO. I'll pick up my practice..
LUN

Sue

DoT,

Google says Reiner was the director.

Ada @ Israel

I fully agree with the author of the post - make peace, not war. And if the best representatives of the American nation will go fighting, who'll be working for the prosperity of the country? Who'll make some new inventions and so on? Besides, the promotion of wars is unhealthy in general, they'd rather enlist the peace activists among these students but not warriors!

MarkO

I'm on clarinet in the opening. Tex Beneke on tenor and lead vocal. Damn.

sbw

Tried to go to the WAPO page and it won't load because twitter is stalled.

Nothing like having useless noise kneecap your business.

Danube of Thought

Buddy Rich or Gene Krupa?

Threadkiller

Miller made me drop my clarinet and my Benny Goodman goal. One listen to "In The Mood" and the bari-sax stole my soul.

I'm in, if you need the low notes covered.

Danube of Thought

First full day with the Narcisolator, a.k.a. The Andurileater, installed. What a joy.

sbw

Just read the Wiki on McCarthy. I now see no reason to read the article.

There is very good reason to respond to his ignorance. Forgive me if I sound redundant, because it is what I wrote about in my book.

Any one who presumes to be a citizen of society needs to figure out what minimal behavior constitutes the fabric that underlies how different cultures interact with each other.

McCarthy may profess to want peace, but he doesn't care to examine what processes will help him reach it. He has yet to accept that peace isn't the simple absence of war -- which can leave people oppressed -- but the absence of the need for war. How blithely uncivil of him to wish Jews into the gas chamber from his cozy isolation, protected by others.

Not simply a maroon, McCarthy is worse. He is an unthinking maroon who thinks he thinks.

narciso

Iowahawk pwns Ezra Klein, as if that was difficult, in the LUN

Linda

I personally don't want our soldier boys to be contaminated by the filthy, sloven, condescending minds of the academic elite.

Cecil Turner

From Instapundit this morning, Yale students overwhelmingly support ROTC (Yale students support ROTC return, survey says). Money graf:

Almost 40 percent of students said that they would welcome ROTC back at Yale regardless of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military policy preventing gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military which was formally repealed by President Barack Obama Wednesday. Another 30 percent of students said they would support ROTC’s return if the policy were repealed.
Only 16.5 percent support the McCarthy position above, which is a frankly amazing. I mean, I'd love it to be zero, and I think the 30% who subjugate national security to DADT are weak-minded fools, but still . . . [Hey, stop sugar-coating, and tell us how you really feel.]

Extraneus

In case you guys need any help, I just bought this. We're covered for instruments.

Neo

From the same folks ...

And that only begins to capture the brilliance of this idea. By giving your money to charity instead of the government, they explain, you "replicate good government policy, outside the government and free from the grip of obstructionists within it."
... there is a message in there .. somewhere

Sara (Pal2Pal)

He should be a gentleman of liberal education, refined, manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor...

DOT: If he becomes a gentleman, refined, mannerly, courteous, etc., he certainly is no longer a liberal. Do you know any leftists with these qualities? I don't.

Janet

Here he is -

Colman McCarthy

Rob Crawford

Is that flower for the grave of someone he refused to protect?

Extraneus

Aw. What a nice flower.

bgates

No takers? OK, I'll tell you. The words
Its foundation is that the United States defined in the Constitution are a set of decentralized sovereignties where personal responsibility, private property and a laissez-faire economy should reign.

-were written in a New York Times editorial, which should be enough to let you know that yes, they meant it as a criticism. "A mistaken vision of federalism", they say.

Why do people read the New York Times? Is it just the crossword puzzle? Is their sports coverage pretty good?

narciso

Their comics section is first rate , specially
the Perils of Maureen, and the adventures of
Mr. Krugman

MarkO

What key is this in?

I like Buddy Rich, in part because of his delightful personality.

BobDenver

Why do people read the New York Times? Is it just the crossword puzzle? Is their sports coverage pretty good?

No, it has always been insufferably condescending, so much so that I can remember Jean Shepherd riffing on the subject back in the mid-sixties.

Rick Ballard

I don't have any problem with this piece appearing in an enemy propaganda organ. What's the big deal?

I don't care for ROTC at Ivies at all. We have an excellent military and supplementing it with the cream of the crap won't improve it.

Neo

Colman McCarthy may be on to something here, but I think he just can't put it together ...
Let's end militarism and militancy in Taliban schools.

Appalled

To combine all the big band wishes (I wish I played in this one), and the general theme of our columnist, see the LUN.

Appalled

And as for the Jimmie Lunceford number I would want to be in the middle of, see the LUN.

narciso

Some Steyn to tide you over, in the LUN

Danube of Thought

Sara, George McGovern comes to mind.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

For your musical enjoyment:

Obummer

Chubby

MarkO: ((I wonder if it is hard to be fat and stupid?))

It's true I'm not the brightest person in the room. Even truer because I don't understand your hostile reply to my inoffensive question.

My conscious has been needling me that I should be spending the time that I spend here on more productive projects, and your post is a confirmation that would probably be the best thing to do, so for that I thank you.

All the best to you and yours in the coming year.

Specter

Had to laugh when I read the wiki piece on Colman - he only has a BS (which is BTW, what he's full of). Even more telling is that his major for his degree was not even mentioned! Must be some hard studies like Basket Weaving.

I'd like to see him spar/debate with the submariners (or other military folks) with Masters and Doctorate degrees that they actually had to go to school to earn. I guess he's of the mind that we can make peace by holding peace talks without prerequisites...Now who does that remind me of?

Janet

Perhaps Colman would also like to see the end of Saudi funding of islamic studies at universities too? Wouldn't want to let militaristic islam & their "warrior ethic" to
"taint the intellectual purity of a school".

Porchlight

I enjoy your comments, Chubby, and would hate to see you depart.

MarkO

Chubby, I really didn't mean you {my efforts at arcane references tend to go wrong]and when I saw the juxtaposition, I was hoping you would not see it.
When I'm mean I try not to do it that way.
Frightfully sorry. Best for the new year.

squaredance

Well, better to keep them out. The last we need is ivy league leftist poltroons infiltrating the Armed Services.

Well, if they have to declare that they are gay to get in, maybe it would not be so bad. A sort of ontological closure now that I think of it. They could even get their own special uniform.

Sort of a schematic framing of them--"cautionary tale", but with nuanced irony, so to speak.

Jack is Back!

DoT,

As you know even the Service Academies have gone big time PC ( I know you get USNA-@-Lg.) and the are more McCarthy then they evar have been. But he is an old flower child as anyone who has read the WaPo for years will know. He may appeal to the lady at the Prose & Politcs bookstore but no one else.

I like the fact there are still Universilist-Unitarians among us - just for the laughs.

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