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January 04, 2010


I agree with Brendan that accusing Presidential critics of treason is preposterous and ugly, no matter which side does it. However, in one respect there's a lack of symmetry. Public criticism for waging too vigorous an effort against an enemy might inadvertantly encourage the enemy, thus providing some measure of comfort. This sort of criticism might discourage our allies, thus aiding that enemy. So, this sort of criticism might to some degree meet the "aid and comfort" portion of the definition of "treason". Of course, it's not treason, because those who make such criticism do not adhere to the enemy. They don't want the enemy to defeat the United States.

OTOH criticism for waging too limited an effort against an enemy doesn't encourage that enemy or discourage our allies. So, it doesn't even partially meet the definition of "treason".

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