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June 22, 2005


Not only are we no longer clearly fighting a right-wing extremist ideology (German, Italian, and Japanese fascism), but Texan, twangy, and conservative President Bush was hard to repackage this war into the reluctant liberal warrior in the image of Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Harry Truman, or Bill Clinton.

So there was never much room for error in this war. We are not talking in this postmodern era in terms of a past Democratic president invading Latin America, interring citizens in high-plains camps, hanging terrorist suspects, nuking cities, or bombing pharmaceutical factories in Africa, but, at least from the weird present hysteria, something apparently far worse — like supposedly flushing a Koran at Guantanamo.

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