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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Joe Lieberman's Precious Bodily Fluids

[From an interview on conservative Newsmax, found via Think Progress]
SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN: Well, I worry about that. I worry that Sen. Obama’s world view is naive. Sen. McCain has been around awhile. He’s learned some things. I’ve traveled the world with him a lot. He’s, he will be the kind of president who our allies will trust, but who our enemies will fear. And in a dangerous world, al Qaeda, Iran, Iran trying to get a nuclear weapons, we want a president who our enemies will fear. I don’t believe that Sen. Obama will be that kind of president. I believe he’s naive to think that people like Ahmadinejad and Tehran Iran will somehow become America’s friend just by… Talking to them in a warm embrace and a cup of tea. It’s not going to work that way. Sen. McCain knows there’s evil as well good in the world and he’ll confront evil directly in order to protect our security and that of our allies.

This honestly sounds to me like the talk of a dangerously broken person. I can't decide whether this sounds more like a desperate cry for help or like a dangerously deluded declaration by Jack D. Ripper...

Here, Joe, this should nicely reassure you that not all people are as "naïve" as Obama where matters of good and evil and inspiring fear among the brown people who have stuff we want to steal and having the righteous strength to bomb people rather than having tea with them and so on is concerned:


JM Inc. said...

As Nietzsche put it, "The Christian resolve to find the world evil and ugly has made the world evil and ugly."

Not that I'm blaming Christians or Christianity for this, but important aspects of context must be recognised here. We've known for a long time that simple Manichaean mechanisms of good and evil essences are a false. Why does this notion persist in our culture?

There's something deeply and disturbingly dangerous about the True-Knowledge rhetoric of Sens. Lieberman, McCain, and cohorts who know the enemy and know what must be done.

True-Knowledge of this sort is, I think, the ultimate enemy of democracy and democratising forces in the world. It's the True Truth of One-sidedness, which denies all commonality between those deemed "In" and those "Out".

It's this sort of socially toxic approach to consensual reality construction that progressives must fight against tooth and nail, starting with the election of Barack Obama to the highest office in the most dangerous civilised nation on Earth.

It's a sadly all too familiar attitude.

Anonymous said...

Joe Lieberman is embarrassingly transparent, yet shameless. He seems to care about one thing and one thing only -- US foreign policy in support of the State of Israel. It's all he talks about, if you read between the lines.