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  •  Would that that were true ... (0+ / 0-)

    and if Mittens said it were, I'm not sure I'd believe him enough to cross the Party Line ... and if I did believe him enough to cross the Party Line -- I'm not at all sure his Party would let him take that line.

    But, that said, I'm heartsick that "killing Bin Laden" is one of the two most quotable sound bites in praise of our president -- even though I recognize that a real Neoconservative NeoLiberal  would have a far more "adventurous" foreign policy than Obama's.    

    Still ... Obama recognizes that "Pacifists" are an even smaller voting demographic than "Atheists".  Americans don't dislike War per se ... we dislike paying for wars we can't boast of having won.  But visiting our enemies with Death from the Skys ... no Brave Boys and Girls at risk -- we cheer for that.

    And we (especially "Moderate/Undecideds") will  vote for it.

    Now,  there's no question that as Establishment politicians go, Barack Obama is a whole lot less bad than any number of The Other Guys we might have been offered (Wellstone is dead and Jesus isn't a citizen.) Worst case: when Obama crosses the line from mere Pragmatism to downright Machiavellianism his schemes tend to succeed -- unlike those of the Other Guy who came before him.  

    •  It neutralizes one of the GOP's standard (4+ / 0-)

      talking points about Democrats--that they are weak on defense.  That meme has been used ad nauseum (and falsely) against the Democratic Party since the 70's.

      There is simply no GOP rejoinder to the fact that Bin Laden was killed under Obama's aegis.  It's one of the most powerful arrows in his quiver.

      •  Why does the GOP need to win elections (0+ / 0-)

        if Democrats will do their bidding and adopt their rhetorical frames, and "of their own free will", too ?

        •  Killing Bin Laden was not doing the bidding of (2+ / 0-)
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          the GOP.

          Since WWII the Democratic party has never been pacifist, although there have been pacifist voices in the Party and they tend to moderate it overall--as opposed to the GOP who deliberately fan the flames of war at any given opportunity, often for purely political reasons.  It's really American culture that your criticism should target.  Democrats are no less susceptible to a culture that glorifies American "exceptionalism" and military supremacy than Republicans.

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