America’s Back, Baby!


Ethan Gach

I write about comics, video games and American politics. I fear death above all things. Just below that is waking up in the morning to go to work. You can follow me on Twitter at @ethangach or at my blog, And though my opinions aren’t for hire, my virtue is.

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14 Responses

  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Here’s the minimum moral threshold: No torture. Ever.

    Why was this ever a question?Report

    • Avatar Patrick in reply to Burt Likko says:

      The bombs! They’re ticking! If you don’t give us legal cover for anything we might do, well, then we certainly won’t be willing to do what is necessary!

      Look how courageous we are! We’ll sacrifice our moral high ground to save innocents! But only if you give us preemptive legal cover!Report

    • Avatar CK MacLeod in reply to Burt Likko says:

      Because it’s conceptually infirm, a pleasing fiction, wishful thinking, or, in short, a lie.Report

  2. Avatar North says:

    I dunno, I think rolling back torture, even if imperfectly and incrimentally is worth applauding. I’d also say that Libya so far is striking me as a pretty bright light in the pantheon of American international interventions. If I was president I’d be pretty content to have a Libya (Bengazi and all) under my best. Also I would not get involved with Syria for the record.

    But you are technically correct; Libya was definitly a new war in the middle east. A relatively cheap, short and successful one but a war nonetheless.Report

  3. Avatar James K says:

    But Ethan, Libya wasn’t a war, because of reasons.

    I think the failure of Obama to “bring America back” in any meaningful sense highlights one of the problems with Obama – so much of the “national security” expansion post 9-11 is now part of the bipartisan consensus.Report

  4. Avatar Qub says:

    Late to the party, but amen Ethan.Report