Quibble, Quibble, Quibble
In this corner, Sen. Carl Levin, D (natch) Mich., who has deep concerns. As if anything the Dems are doing nowdays is deep. What they feel is deep: Hatred of Bush. What they do is shallow: Punch and jab at anything that comes out of the administration.
In the other corner, J. Dorrance Smith, nominee to be assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. Here's what he did that resulted in Levin calling him into the ring: He authored an opinion article which, according to AP's and Levin's read of it, accused U.S. television networks of helping terrorists through their partnerships with Al-Jazeera.
Levin thinks Smith's article is "extreme" and "over the top." Well, here are the quotes from the WSJ op/ed; what do you think?
"Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and al Qaeda have a partner in al-Jazeera and, by extension, most networks in the U.S. This partnership is a powerful tool for the terrorists in the war in Iraq. ...Excuse me, but shouldn't the Pentagon's media man be concerned about the rapidity with which the enemy's messages move to al-J, and then to US media? Isn't Levin the least bit curious about how it just so happens that al-J gets terrorist-shot film in its hands so quickly? Doesn't he have a bit of concern that losing the propaganda war is not a good thing?
"Al-Jazeera has very strong partners in the U.S. - ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN and MSNBC. Video aired by Al Jazeera ends up on these networks, sometimes within minutes."
Unless, of course, you want to lose the armed conflict as well. Losing the war means a loss for the GOP and a victory for the Dems -- just like Vietnam! And that's where Levin's going with this; that's where the Dem leadership is going with its endless quibbling, jabbing and white flag waving on Iraq.