Skip to comments.I'm not a Democrat. I'm an anti-Republican. (Because - Benghazi hearings)
Posted on 05/13/2014 1:59:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The return of Benghazi is the latest evidence that the GOP is putting its unhinged obsessions before the good of the country.
Back in March 2013, I wrote a column titled, "Why I am no longer a Republican." A more accurate (though admittedly more ponderous) title would have been, "One important reason among many that I am no longer a Republican."
That important reason was the Iraq War, which I never supported and which the Bush administration and its legion of defenders in Washington and around the country justified in terms that struck me at the time as highly ideological, fundamentally anti-empirical, and more than a little paranoid. Let's just say that nothing that happened after the initial invasion persuaded me that my original instincts were wrong.
If the Iraq War debacle had been an isolated incident one that Republicans forthrightly acknowledged as a mistake and showed signs of learning from it's possible that I wouldn't have bolted the party.
But it wasn't an isolated incident. It was the start of a whole new era for the GOP an era in which the stridently ideological, anti-empirical, and paranoid tendencies that gained the upper hand in the run-up to the Iraq War (and which had always been present in certain factions of the conservative movement) infected the party from top to bottom, corrupting its thinking on foreign and domestic policy and inspiring its lockstep opposition to the Obama administration's governing agenda from day one.
Today, my voting record says I'm a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don't identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition....
(Excerpt) Read more at theweek.com ...
Damon Linker is a senior correspondent at TheWeek.com. He is also a consulting editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press, a contributing editor at The New Republic, and the author of The Theocons and The Religious Test.
"I'll take 'Watergate' for $500, Alex."
Even Leon Panetta says the House special committee on Benghazi is appropriate.
If the title of the article is a bald faced lie, is there any point to reading and de-bunking the rest?
He’s an idiot.
Today, my voting record says I’m a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don’t identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition....
No loyalty to dems....darn liar.
They dragged Chris Stevens into the streets and raped him.
Fed up with all the @$$***** who refer back to the Iraq War. Anybody who thinks that all there is to know about Saddam’s Iraq is in the public view is either lying or a fool.
Really tiresome. Funny how these trolls then seek to inflict maximum damage on Republicans by expressing these fake outrages, which are always framed in the most morally superior contexts.
This guy is against the Benghazi hearings? Wow. coincidentally, so is every Democrats! That really is just a coincidence, right?
Spare me, troll.
It doesn’t sound to me as though this moron ever was a Republican. I’m no longer a Republican either but I sure as hell ain’t no commie ‘RAT. This clown is an idiot.
Typical agitprop trying to scare nervous Pubbies away from this
I guess he musta missed the part where Jon Carry voted for the same Iraq War that the eeeevil Bush was forcing on the Country.
"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
-- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002
"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..."
-- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
Me thinks this author is a blatant liar on many levels.
Of course, your a Dem. And the worst kind.
Apparently a life long idiot.
This guy was never a Republican. I don’t support the GOPe, but I believe we can turn the party around to supporting constitutional principals. Got to remove the Rove types as the voices of the party. Go Levin, let’s add some language to the Constitution to prevent the contortion and distortion the courts (Democrat stooges) have put in place.
Anybody seen the long list of public quotes from Democrats stating their belief that Saddam had to go, along with their believe that Saddam had WMDs?
Anybody ever seen the list of dozens and dozens of UN resolutions that Saddam defied.
Democrats, always on the wrong side of history, then look to rewrite it. Always.
“unhinged obsessions”.... “Good of the country”...
Nothing is a crime if Committed-While-Democrat!
Just ask anyone at CBS/ABC/CNN/MSNBC/NPR/NBC/E!/TMA/TheDailyShow/WashPost/Pacifica/NYTimes about this.
Damon sounds like he’s been listening to too much Jackson Browne.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
Obama surrendered at Benghazi. He cut a surrender deal with Al Qaeda. Then, he provided Al Qaeda with funds, weapons, armored vehicles and night vision equipment. That is treason. That’s why the Democrats are fighting this to the death. It could be life or death for some of them.
“Nothing is a crime if Committed-While-Democrat!”
It seems lefties have an “assumption of benevolent intent” towards all ‘rat politicians.
Even if they do commit technically illegal acts,
it’s OK because they mean well.
Yup. I’ve got to feel a bit sorry for Leon Panetta for all those years of faithfully serving the RAT machine in congress and other appointed positions. In the end, they throw him under the bus for showing a little integrity on this one single solitary issue.
Well then, instead of telling you to eat s**t, how about you eat some used food?
From what I skimmed, this is the typical leftist moron.
Why do you suppose that this fragile shell of a man ever supported the Republican Party? I don’t believe him; he’s probably a homosexual, if I were to guess. Bob
Yep. They did just because they could. Here is a guy who was totally loyal to party and state department, went to the right schools, toed the party line faithfully, was even the right sexual orientation and they toss him under the bus just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This guy is way too into himself. Why would anyone else care about his opinions enough to read all his opuses?
Today, my voting record says I'm a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don't identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition.
That's also silly. I suppose in Damon's media world, everybody he meets is a slave to one party or the other, to one party's monolithic world view or the other's.
In the real world, at least a quarter -- maybe a third -- of voters don't feel strong loyalty or attachment or identification with either of the two major parties.
People out there are Democrats or Republicans in the same way that Damon Linker is a Democrat -- not a Republican -- because they dislike the party they usually (or always) vote for less than the other one.
But we don't feel the need to send out missives regularly about our opinions and their evolution.
Oh, PLEASE Damon. You live near Philadelphia. We are SO close to making progress there. What do we have to do to persuade you and your Ithaca-educated wife to become Republicans and put our Grand Old Party over the top in Philadelphia?
If you can tell me why 4 Americans died on American soil and no one came to their aid or was held accountable, then I will agree with you.
If you vote for a Marxist, what does that make you?
Pray America wakes up
I guess he wasn’t getting the invites to all the cool people’s parties he was expecting..................
What bunch of BS nonsense.
........while he was dying, while Obama was preparing for a trip to Las Vegas. This guy doesn’t care to know what happened?
Another Commie justifying his transgressions?
If you can tell me why anyone would offer themselves to the Diplomatic Corps or even the Military after Benghazi?
The ‘you are expendable’ message sent to people ‘managing’ our foreign policy and military recruits is unmissable.
This Damon individual can scribble screeds all day and it won't change the fact that he's a leftist POS.
If Linker isn’t lying, then we can go back to the ‘90s and the Clinton admin passing the Saddam Hussein removal act “by any means necessary” and find out what Linker thought about that. What do you bet Linker didn’t say anything at the time?
It’s a simple admission that he won’t take a stand on anything he’s for but he certainly knows how to hate whoever he’s been told to. He’s also being paid for the word, and “I” is easy to type.
Let's put the Iraq War in context. We were in a state of war with Iraq, under a cease fire.
I left out the 500,000+ people Saddam had killed because, after all, Damon wouldn't care about those filthy little brown people. Right? /s
Damon, you are not anti-republican. You are an azzhole.
but he voted for Kerry and Obama, and he is against the Benghazi hearings... in the words sung by Olivia Newton-John, "please mister, please..."
Any “life-long Republican” who votes for the Communist-Democrats now is either lying, stupid or insane.
Maybe he’ll try to sell us this bridge in Brooklyn next......I hear it’s a stellar investment.
The desperation of liberals is being realized. They see it all slipping away in the next 2 years...returning them to the hell of minority party with a conservative in the White House.
Expect these types of letters to be written nationwide, to your local paper, by libs who hope to depress our turnout.