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Ben Shapiro: When the Enemy of Your Enemy Is Your Enemy
National Review ^ | February 22, 2017 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 02/22/2017 10:40:52 AM PST by EveningStar

Ideas and values should matter more than tribal identity...

Unfortunately, many conservatives have embraced this sort of binary thinking: If it angers the Left, it must be virtuous. Undoubtedly, that's a crude shorthand for political thinking. It means you never have to check the ideas of the speaker, you merely have to check how people respond to him.

That's dangerous. It leads to supporting bad policies and bad men. The enemy of your enemy isn't always your friend. Sometimes he's your enemy. Sometimes he's just a dude sitting there minding his own business...

The logic of "if he melts snowflakes, he's one of us" actually hands power to the Left, by allowing leftists to define conservatives' friends. It gets to choose whom we support...

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alwayscruz; benshapiro; binarythinking; bsshapiro; craycray; cruz; cuck; cuckold; davidduke; enemies; identitypolitics; looniebin; nationalreview; nevertrump; ragepit; strawman; talkradio; tribalcruzers; tribalidentity; trump; twistedlogic
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1 posted on 02/22/2017 10:40:52 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

The enemy of your enemy is your enemy’s enemy. Nothing more. Nothing less.
(70 Maxims for Maximally Effective Mercenaries)


2 posted on 02/22/2017 10:44:15 AM PST by Little Ray (Freedom Before Security!)
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To: EveningStar

Ben Shapiro?

Is he talking about Trump?

Do you hate our President EveningStar?

Admins?


3 posted on 02/22/2017 10:44:31 AM PST by Eurotwit (T)
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To: EveningStar

We held our nose and allied with Stalin to defeat Hitler. We can hold our nose again and ally with Putin to defeat the U N.


4 posted on 02/22/2017 10:45:23 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: EveningStar

And Little Ben and NR is our enemy. They did everything possible to get Hillary Clinton elected. I don’t take advice from rats like Ben.


5 posted on 02/22/2017 10:45:34 AM PST by RedWulf (TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP!)
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To: EveningStar

6 posted on 02/22/2017 10:45:56 AM PST by conservative98
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I don’t remember these commentators complaining about GWB this much.


7 posted on 02/22/2017 10:47:23 AM PST by TakebackGOP
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To: EveningStar

Ben Shapiro is a smart guy who makes some good points. But he also has a tendency to make sweeping generalizations about Trump supporters. I supported Trump but no, I don’t support David Duke. I don’t even support everything Trump wants. He wasn’t my first choice. But I’m pleasantly surprised with what he has been doing since he was elected and I generally support him. If he does something that I don’t agree with, I won’t support it. Just like I didn’t support Bush’s spending binge even thought I supported other things he did. No one is a robot who automatically supports everything and everyone associated with Trump. So all Shapiro is doing with this essay is filling space with a straw man argument.


8 posted on 02/22/2017 10:47:37 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: conservative98

Ben Shapiro and Andrew Klaven started lying fot Cruz about a year ago. They both lost me forever. Savage lost me a couple of weeks ago with his venomous attacks on Kellyanne.


9 posted on 02/22/2017 10:49:34 AM PST by Arthur McGowan (https://youtu.be/IYUYya6bPGw)
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To: EveningStar

A wasted my time going to read the article. An anti-Trump screed, labeling him not really a conservative.


10 posted on 02/22/2017 10:50:02 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Big government is attractive to those who think that THEY will be in control of it.)
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To: EveningStar

Ben Shapiro: When the Enemy of Your Enemy Is — Your Enemy

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Bingo. How many times has the US - for example - propped up an enemy - like Saddam, or Arafat, or any number of arab regimes like the Muzzie Brothers - only because their enemies were worse than they are?

Stalin and Russia were our allies in WWII. They were the enemy of our enemy (Nazi Germany). Did that make them our friends, then?

Shapiro is right. The enemy of our enemy is still our enemy.


11 posted on 02/22/2017 10:50:22 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Eurotwit
Do you hate our President EveningStar?

No. He's my President. And he's made some great appointments. And I'm happy about the path our country is now on.

12 posted on 02/22/2017 10:51:46 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

If that were the case Ben then you would be revered, however, you are not and I personally rank you as one of the bad guys. You too are just as guilty of promoting your opinions as news, but it is fake news, and we the people are very tired of fake news. Admin, delete this garbage post by a garbage muckraker purveyor of fake news.


13 posted on 02/22/2017 10:55:30 AM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: Arthur McGowan
Ben Shapiro and Andrew Klaven started lying fot Cruz about a year ago. They both lost me forever.

You should really listen to the latest Klaven podcasts. He is a firm supporter of Trump and has significantly praised Trump.

Ben is a semi-supporter of Trump. Praise where it's due. Criticism where it's warranted. Ben even wore a MAGA hat on his podcast because of Trump's court pick.

14 posted on 02/22/2017 10:57:07 AM PST by Tao Yin
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To: EveningStar

CUCK


15 posted on 02/22/2017 10:57:43 AM PST by The Toll
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To: EveningStar

Cuck.


16 posted on 02/22/2017 10:58:24 AM PST by Lopeover (The 2016 Election is about allegiance to the United States!)
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To: EveningStar
"Never mind if Trump lied to the media."

Ben Shapiro believes Donald Trump lied this is just one more long winded and veiled attack on Donald Trump.... we are not to be blind loyal fools we have to be loyal to "principles" as defined by.... who exactly??

This article was written by one of the enemy. Nice try Ben but do better next time. I have come across this in my personal life albeit on a much smaller scale but it is the same principle. An almost total stranger to me, very reasonable explained, why I should stab a friend in the back and side with them. There was no actual substance to their argument but it was all so reasonable and of course I would go along it.

They were of course not pleased when I informed them otherwise.

17 posted on 02/22/2017 11:00:47 AM PST by protest1
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To: Little Ray

However your enemy of your enemy is still your enemy...even if he might be temporarily useful.


18 posted on 02/22/2017 11:06:43 AM PST by xzins (Retired US Army chaplain. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory.)
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To: EveningStar

Shapiro is a little turd. He has nothing to say.


19 posted on 02/22/2017 11:08:58 AM PST by Stentor (A day without illegals is like a day without food poisoning.--Salamander)
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To: Tao Yin
He flat out accuses Donald Trump of lying

"Never mind if Trump lied to the media."

Ben Shapiro might now want to portray himself as a Trump supporter but, at best, he is a fair weather friend. I am sure he would do a 180 about face if he thought it to his advantage.

I believe his real agenda is to sow doubt

20 posted on 02/22/2017 11:09:41 AM PST by protest1
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