We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“Everyone in this room would agree that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale of this war,” said Couric, adding that it is “pretty much accepted” that the war in Iraq was a mistake."
It is? Only time will tell. Also:
The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying ‘we’ when referring to the United States and, even the ‘shock and awe’ of the initial stages, it was just too jubilant and just a little uncomfortable.
Yes, I guess saying "we" is rather intense. That lady does not get out of Manhattan enough. I must admit I have never seen her, but she sounds like a caricature of the typical smug NYC left-chic chardonnay-sipping multi-millionaire who lives in a bubble.
Here is an article on the “New Humanism” conference at Harvard. Harvard’s humanist chaplain was there, how nice. It seems like the same old thing to me. I take Harvard’s activities rather personal, as my many great grandfather, Thomas Dudley, signed its original charter. He is turning over in his grave.
If you read his link, it just sounds like a 19th Century anti-religion meeting. One would think that real "humanists" would have more respect for the very human search for the divine.
One of the benefits of Petreaus-Crocker hearings is the way they've cleared up the miasma of defeatism and futility that settled over the topic of Iraq since the beginning of this year. Much of this was produced by MoveOn, the media, and advantage-hunting Democratic pols, but it was also implicit in a lot of commentary from the war's supporters as well. (e.g., the habit of ending each announcement of good news with some line such as, "of course, there's a long way to go" or "we've still got a hard road ahead". This solecism is common among everyone from W on down, and amounts to jabbing a nail in your own tire.)
I concur with your assessment...I would add that enough information is getting out of Iraq via non-traditional means that the MSM are not able to completely demoralize the American people, although they are giving it their best effort... Many of us now sense that the international jihadists led by Al Qaeda and the insurgents of Iraq have truly met their match in the American military. As Sherman is said to have told Lincoln "I will make Georgia howl", our military are now making Iraq howl...