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    • It is true that there are factions in Iraq that do want to work with the US to build a western-style democracy, but their voices are lost in the cacophony of those that want the US out of the country posthaste.

    The only cacaphony of voices are the media and liberal types who amplify the voice of dissidents and ignore real facts.

    Unless you have something to counter real research on the issue []?

    There's also the interesting testimony of Khomeini's grandson that's reproduced on the (pay site). He is s

    • Jordan, I don't write my journals to cause you pain. I don't write them to troll either. That's the reason I started labeling my political entries as such. Like others [], I write stuff here so that my head doesn't explode. I sense the passion you have for your positions, but I do sometimes wonder at the ferosity of your comments on my blog. By all means, do point out my factual mistakes. That's precisely why I enable comments on these "essays." But keep in mind that even "liberals" have feelings. Att

        • But keep in mind that even "liberals" have feelings. Attack my arguments if you must, but do leave me out of it.

        Well, I apologize if you are offended by my strong language. After all, I accused you of being a "liberal type" and stating things that weren't accurate. Now, knowing how sensitive you are, I'll be more careful in the future.
        • What's more interesting than these political discussions of attrition is the question of why US politics has seemingly become so polarizing.

        Hmmm... Do you think that maybe, just possibly, it just might have something to do with those who refer to Administration officials as fascists []?

        I am glad to see that you claim to be heeding my call to tone down the polarizing rhetoric [] when I said:

        Why not step away from invidious comparisons and hyperbole? Why not work to decrease the emotion and polarization surrounding the issues? You and I might find common ground if I felt you were reasonable. As it stands, I feel you are a chicken little crying that Kristallnacht is coming when in fact all that's happened is a little criticism.

        You go on to say:

        • I recognize that I'm not articulating my position cogently or adroitly. Would that I could. I hear the other side of the argument, but can see it's merit. Sadly I realize that it is the same for the people arguing with me.

        I admit, it's hard to see the merit of arguments that are full of inaccuracies and hyperbole.