“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Monday, November 20, 2006

Food For Thought

There was an interesting comparison from Jules on Iraq and Vietnam. The long term consequences part was rather chilling.

On that subject, Henry Kissinger says Iraq is not winnable militarily.

"I think we have to redefine the course, but I don't think that the alternative is between military victory, as defined previously, or total withdrawal," he said.
He believes the only way to stabilize the country is to involve the neighboring nations.

According to the NY Times, don’t expect a lot of campaign finance reform from the Democrats any time soon—if at all.
(…imagine this from THE TIMES…pretty tame, actually…probably too much too hope for more of the same…)

In that vein of thought, The WashPo had an article on the Dems upcoming agenda. The summary: quick legislative victories before things get crazy. The one hopeful statement in the article was:
Their success is not assured. Democrats will hold a tenuous 51 to 49 majority in the Senate, where Republicans and the Bush administration will be well-positioned to thwart their legislation, and Democrats in the House already are showing signs of division.
However, past some hints at funding and taxation wrangling, the article doesn’t address a thing. (…no surprise there, of course…) For some well thought out and expressed (and emotional) thoughts on the subject, go visit Savannah Daydreamin'. I missed this wonderful post the other day (...probably while sleeping so I could work that night...stinks...)

Meanwhile, Wild Bill sounds off on the re-emergence of “Foley-gate.” At least Foley had enough guts to make a real, public apology. Where’s the screaming for apologies, accompanied by media crucifixion, for Democratic offenders?
(…is it, perhaps, no room left on the pages after writing all the excuses for them?…by the way, go HERE and see how Ft. Worth sliced and diced the original article…)

I’ve commented before that the real danger to Republicans will be in not dealing with party issues and participation in finger pointing. Chickehawk has a great post on the goings on. It’s sadly true, but worth the read.

Mac has another series going over at Beast Media: The Second Civil War. I expect it to be as deep and researched as his eight part series on the Yugoslavian Civil War.

And, while you’re thinking about creating mutually opposing new political parties, check out Jarhead John’s comparison between modern and original liberals.