April 29, 2004

A Good Anti-war Blog

If youíre a hawk like me you may have a tough time finding contrary points of view that donít make you cringe. I know I do. It isnít easy to find smart people with substantive criticisms of American foreign policy who donít get under my skin.

But they are out there, and theyíre worth seeking out and listening to.

So Iíd like to turn you on to Marc Cooper, if you donít already know who he is. Heís a columnist for The Nation (probably the sharpest of the bunch) and also the LA Weekly. Recently he decided to start up a blog. He must be doing something right because he already has a diverse and civil community in his comments section.

Hereís his take on Iraq in a nutshell (I am quoting him from his own comments section):

I opposed the war per se because I thought that on balance it would be counter-productive (but not immoral). I'm afraid that is being borne out by the current fix we are in. I also opposed the "peace movement" by the way as I found most of their arguments feckless. I still oppose any sort of immediate withdrawal as I guess Iím sympathetic to the Pottery Barn argument. This administration now "owns" Iraq and cannot abandon it.

If you can work with that, and I certainly can, head on over to his site. If you want to argue with him, be cool about it. Donít be like the resident far-left bomb-throwing troll in his comments section.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at April 29, 2004 9:27 PM
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