"Every time you treat an Iraqi disrespectfully, you are working for the enemy."
- Col. H.R. McMaster
Finally, a voice of reason from the front lines in Iraq. McMaster has taken great care to train his 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment to fight the insurgency with some consideration and respect for the citizens of the country the U.S. has invaded. His soldiers learn the language basics and some even live among the people--hearing the gunshots and losing their electricity when the Iraqis do. His regiment is being held up as an example for other regiments. Here is the full story.
And another voice of reason in the blogosphere as Glenn Greenwald shines a klieg light on the jaw-droppingly warped world view of Bush apologists/angry neo-cons in this brilliant post.
Here's an excerpt:
"Indeed, as many Bush followers themselves admit, the central belief of the Bush follower's 'conservatism' is no longer one that ascribes to a limited federal government -- but is precisely that there ought to be no limits on the powers claimed by Bush precisely because we trust him, and we trust in him absolutely. He wants to protect us and do good. He is not our enemy but our protector. And there is no reason to entertain suspicions or distrust of him or his motives because he is Good.
"We need no oversight of the Federal Government’s eavesdropping powers because we trust Bush to eavesdrop in secret for the Good. We need no judicial review of Bush’s decrees regarding who is an 'enemy combatant' and who can be detained indefinitely with no due process because we trust Bush to know who is bad and who deserves this. We need no restraints from Congress on Bush’s ability to exercise war powers, even against American citizens on U.S. soil, because we trust Bush to exercise these powers for our own good.
"The blind faith placed in the Federal Government, and particularly in our Commander-in-Chief, by the contemporary 'conservative' is the very opposite of all that which conservatism has stood for for the last four decades. The anti-government ethos espoused by Barry Goldwater and even Ronald Reagan is wholly unrecognizable in Bush followers, who – at least thus far – have discovered no limits on the powers that ought to be vested in George Bush to enable him to do good on behalf of all of us."
Found via Ryan.