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Stop the Disingenuousness

Well, the official jury's not in yet on the deaths in Haditha and yet the jury's already in. That is to say, the typical left-wing columnists are already waxing disingenuous about the "horrific murders" in Haditha even though the military has yet to finish its investigation into the matter.

Hey: Why should a complete assemblage of the facts get in the way of some anti-American pontificating? Apparently, dear reader, there is no reason at all.

To this end, numerous lefty "websites" and "weblogs" feature all kinds of jumping-the-gun commentary on Haditha, which positively delights in the notion that American Marines are entirely responsible for the atrocities there.

Well, to be more exact, like John Murtha, they blithely blame the Bush administration for the presumed carnage. It appears as if the Marines, much like Middle Easterners, bear no responsibility for their own actions, and merely react to the machinations of Donald Rumsfeld.

Now, we, the crack young staff of "The Hatemonger's Quarterly," must say that we don't know what happened in Haditha, and we nervously await the investigation's outcome. But what strikes us as particularly notable about much of this premature left-wing caterwauling is its pure disingenuousness.

Why, just take a look at the title of Ari Berman's piece in The Nation, which the magazine's "homepage" labels: "Lesson from Haditha: It's Time to Give Iraq Back to the Iraqis." So this, Mr. Berman thinks, is the lesson from Haditha?

Oh, come on: The Nation has been calling for an American withdrawal from Iraq since day one. The folks at this paleo-lefty rag haven't really learned any "lesson from Haditha"; rather, they're merely using it as an opportunity to prop up their preexisting sentiments.

But we suppose that disingenuousness isn't the only feature of left-wing analysis of Iraq. There's also simple sloppy thinking.

For instance, check out Matthew Rothchild's piece from The Progressive, entitled "The Trajectory of Occupation Ends with Haditha." To Mr. Rothchild, Haditha is the very embodiment of the liberation of Iraq. In order to prove his point that Haditha "wasn't such an aberration after all," Mr. Rothchild offers one other purported example of an atrocity--that which the BBC claims occurred in the Iraqi town of Ishaqi.

Ah, we get it now: If an atrocity purportedly occurs once during the course of a long military operation, it's an aberration. If it purportedly occurs twice, it's "what occupation looks like." Gee, can someone please tell Mr. Rothchild what anecdotal evidence is?

And take a look at the fanatic Robert Fisk's piece on the nutball "website" Counterpunch: "Liberators as Murderers: The Way Americans Like their War." It begins thus: "Could Haditha be just the tip of the mass grave?"

One can almost hear Mr. Fisk's response: "I sure hope so."

(Note: The crack young staff normally "weblog" over at "The Hatemonger's Quarterly," where they are currently printing "Robert Fisk is Arabic for Jane Fonda" T-shirts.)


Comments (14)

Flashback:<... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:

Flashback:

U.S. Army sergeant pleads guilty to murder of 11-year-old girl

U.S. soldiers accused of mistreating Kosovars during protests

Instructions on using this information:

Step One: Firmly place tin foil hat on head to keep the evil mind "rays" sent from the government from penetrating the brain.

Step Two: Free from government mind control a proper analytical thought process may now be facilitated within the brain. Think, think, think.

Step Three: Reach conclusion that these atrocities go all the way to the top. Rapist President = rapes in war zone.

At the protests it is stated that there was "inappropriate physical contact with Kosovar females". Again this goes all the way to the top and the soldiers are only mimicking the actions of the Commander in Chief.

See how easy that is boys and girls. Try it at home. It is even more fun after a few hits off the bong.

Lou Dobbs has three moron... (Below threshold)
Rob in LA Ca.:

Lou Dobbs has three morons mumbling and shaking their heads about the whole thing and one of the idiots after almost all of the others responses makes sure they don't leave out "an the failure of this administration". What a bunch of "Whina Birds" and druck parrots. Everything is a failure in the eyes of the Loser Democrats.

Why isn't the fact that democrats keep losing elections "A FAILURE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION"?

Stop the Disingenuousnes... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Stop the Disingenuousness...Yes, you said it .The military investigates itself again..I hope this investigation will be more though than the two previous limp cover-ups But I acknowledge The Marines have been given an impossible mission. in an impossible hostile country. The future of Iraq, irrespective of the Marines performance, looks like a black veil. As the linked Daily Telegraph article on banning mayonnaise reveals ''I felt like telling them there were no Kalashnikovs in Mohammed's time either, but I wanted to keep my life" If the selling of mayonnnaise results in a mullah death sentence think what the promotion of 18th century Lockean democracy must be causing to those that are resisting the growing strenth of the reglious Shiite militants frozen without ice (in the 8th century)...and these are our allies too.

In rereading the article I ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

In rereading the article I realise that these were edicts from Sunni miitants..They are far from being our allies... unlike the Shiite militants who are nominaly ours'(for the time being).

Disingenousness?Do... (Below threshold)
Semanticleo:

Disingenousness?

Don't you mean disingenousness-ly. No such word
exists outside the Bush dictionary. Perhaps your
'group' could focus a little less on hate and more
on creating some credibility for your dubious thought
patterns.

I think U left a U out of t... (Below threshold)

I think U left a U out of there SC:

Disingenousness [sic] dos not exist:

disingenuous |ˌdisinˈjenyoōəs| adjective not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.

Of course then there are those that pretend to know MORE than they really do.

Oops, left out the derivati... (Below threshold)

Oops, left out the derivatives:
disingenuously adverb
disingenuousness noun

True facts ROB in LA! Dobbs... (Below threshold)
virgo:

True facts ROB in LA! Dobbs and company are SOCKPUPPETS for leftist life one and all!

Yes Epador but {dissengenuo... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Yes Epador but {dissengenuosly} sounds to good for the likes of Murda.

The military investigation ... (Below threshold)

The military investigation of the Ishaqi incident cleared the troops of any wrongdoing... Mr. Rothchild's "proof" is already looking less than convincing.

Whatever happened at Hadith... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

Whatever happened at Haditha--whether or not U.S. forces are innocent or guilty (we don't know yet)--it would be illogical to characterize the entire military by this single incident. Presumably, this story is news BECAUSE it's not a commonplace event. Of course, if these soldiers under investigation are innocent, they should be cleared. If they are guilty, they should be convicted. Let's just wait and see...and hope justice is done.

I think that people who favor the war assume the soldiers are innocent--but the war could be justified even if some actions committed in the war are wrong. And people who oppose the war assume the soldiers (and higher ups) are guilty--but the war could be wrong even if these soldiers are innocent.

Generally, war IS hell, and the reason we should go to war only when absolutely necessary is that lot's of innocent people tend to get killed or wounded. I favored the war in Afghanistan, but I considered it a horrible necessity--not something to celebrate or "support" with smiles and flag waving...

Here's one generally-left-o... (Below threshold)
bquady:

Here's one generally-left-of-center fellow who agrees with your main argument. I think that the reasonable anti-war position on Haditha is this one: thought the war would be a disaster, didn't want us to do it, then we did it, and it was. What's new?

I, too, wait for the truth about Hidatha with some nervousness. I hope we will feel that the Marines report honestly about the actions of the Marines, although for obvious reasons one ought to read the report with some skepticism. If anything other than a complete and convincing exoneration comes out then we can expect this very bloody war to get worse, of course, with no benefit to anyone who cares more about human life than about political power.

There is an awful lot of downright intellectual dishonesty in this country, on my side and yours, IMHO. I hope that men of good will on both sides will keep themselves and others honest by calling b******t loudly when we see it. Cheers.

"Lessons learned from Hadit... (Below threshold)
B.Poster:

"Lessons learned from Haditha: Its time to give Iraq back to the Iraqis." We already did that. We transferred soverignty to them back in Jine 2004 or there about. They have their own elected government, although some of the posts are not filled yet but this will be up to the Iraqis. They even have their own constitution. Iraq has already been given back to the Iraqis. The headline should read. "Its time to give Iraq back to the elements from the former regime and their Al Qaeda allies." If they put it this way, they would be accurately representing what they really feel.

Whatever happened at Had... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Whatever happened at Haditha--whether or not U.S. forces are innocent or guilty (we don't know yet)--it would be illogical to characterize the entire military by this single incident. Presumably, this story is news BECAUSE it's not a commonplace event. Of course, if these soldiers under investigation are innocent, they should be cleared. If they are guilty, they should be convicted. Let's just wait and see...and hope justice is done.

It astonishes me --- though it should not --- that the same press that rushes to assure us that most Muslims are not violent and it's only a tiny percentage that commit atrocities ALSO basically paints 130,000 troops by the actions of about 10 of them.

I hope we will feel that the Marines report honestly about the actions of the Marines, although for obvious reasons one ought to read the report with some skepticism.

But why the skepticism? The military has been AMAZINGLY open about things.

Hell, the MILITARY investigated Abu Gharib MONTHS before the MSM decided to make it a cause celebre.

I fully trust the military to fully investigate. And unless Rumsfeld gets fired, the anti-war left will say that it was a white-wash.
-=Mike




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