No Time to Update the Script
Is it me, or is the news editor of the Providence Phoenix increasingly giving the impression of a strident partisan? To be sure, no doubt previously existed as to Ian’s political leanings, but something in this election season seems to be drawing him further across the tightrope spanning the ideological gulf, toward his ticker-tape-talking-point friends. Perhaps I’ve been too keen to see balance, heretofore, but this post puts a head on the snake (so to speak):
Yet the CRFRI's implication that non-Republicans are to blame for the state of the fight against terrorism seems a bit odd, doesn't it?
A few questions:
Who botched the hunt for Osama bin Laden?
Who allowed the Taliban to come back into power in Afghanistan?
Who has waged an extremely costly and unnecessary war that has failed in its stated goal of transforming the Middle East?
Whose own government says this war has made worse the fight against terrorism?
And who is reportedly ramping up the search for Osama since there's a presidential election in November?
Putting aside my observation that, beyond its name, the College Republican Federation of Rhode Island stated nothing in the materials that Donnis cites to implicate non-Republicans in a way that exonerates various members of the party, what does seem a bit odd to me is that Donnis begins his questioning with reference a “botched” hunt for OBL and ends it faulting the administration’s renewed focus on him now that its days in office are coming to a close. It’s also worth noting that Donnis’s link related to the OBL question is to an article from spring 2002, since which time precious little has been heard from the terrorist mastermind.
Donnis doesn’t provide a link for his second question, but I’d submit that this article answers it with “Iran”:
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have been arming Taliban groups in western Afghanistan for the past year, an independent journalist has told Adnkronos International (AKI).
Question #3 points to a curious — perhaps telling — ambiguity in liberals’ thinking: The linked opinion piece addresses the Global War on Terror, with Iraq being merely a stage in that broader war; is Donnis’s position that fighting terrorists is “unnecessary”? And apart from that request for clarification, I wonder if Ian would provide his view of a reasonable time frame in which to “transform” an entire region. Should routing terrorists and transforming a broad-based ideo-political culture be roughly equivalent, in time span, to earning a Master’s degree? Or is it a project more in the mold of changing a state school’s image from “party school” to respected institution?
Chronology is certainly relevant to Donnis’s next question, not the least because his supporting link harks back to the pre-surge days of September 2006. Apparently, presidential races are to be run during whatever period serves the liberal candidate best, regardless of whether it happens to be the present.