For those of you who may be queasy about the way the Bush administration is approaching and prosecuting the War on Terror I invite you to consider, for purposes of contrast, the mindset toward foreign policy that springs from the worldview of liberalism.
Generally, I refer you to the contrasting reactions of liberals and conservatives to charges against America. Specifically, I refer you to the May 27 column of liberal media icon Thomas L. Friedman, Middle East "expert" and New York Times columnist extraordinaire.
If anything, Friedman is often more reasonable than many of his counterparts on the Left. He purports to support the War on Terror, for example, though it's interesting he bothers to insist that he does -- as if conceding there's a presumption that liberals do not.
If you care to recall, Amnesty International just released its libelous report accusing the United States of abusing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The report came on the heels of the shameful Newsweek story claiming an interrogator at Guantanamo had flushed parts of the Koran down a toilet.
These reports were immediately met with strong skepticism among conservatives, who realize, as a policy matter, that this nation bends over backwards to accord the highest respect to the Muslim holy book and to treat prisoners of war -- even terrorist suspects -- more humanely than any other power in history. The transparency of our system would go a long way to ensure that, even if our code of morality didn't, which it does.
Most conservatives were outraged at Amnesty International's inflammatory propaganda comparing Gitmo to a Soviet gulag, similar to their reaction to the indefensible refusal of France, Germany and Russia to support our action against Iraq, though their intelligence agencies were also convinced Saddam was amassing WMD stockpiles.
The Left had quite a different reaction. Just as they rushed to defend the corrupt French, German and Russian regimes, and even cited their recalcitrance as evidence that the United States' position was wrong, their knee-jerk response to the Gitmo reports was to presume American culpability.
Nor was the Left convinced by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Richard Myers' denunciation of Amnesty International's report as "absolutely irresponsible." Myers, after all, is the face of the U.S. military -- and he works closely with evil Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. How can you expect the Left to believe him?
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