The liberal art of 'non war'

John Goodman:
Are you confused about how Barack Obama thinks about the War on Terror? How about Hillary Clinton? What about the editorial page of The New York Times? If you can‘t make sense of anything you hear or read, there is a reason for that. How they really think is rarely ever made explicit and never debated or publicly discussed. Until now.

Here are ten bad ideas implicit in most leftwing commentary on this topic.

1. If there are no boots on the ground, you’re not really at war.
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2. If you don’t say what you are fighting against, you’re not really at war.
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3. Killing is better than torture.
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4. Killing is better than capture.
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5. Captives have civil rights; people we kill do not.
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6. The president has the right to order people killed.
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7. Killing people with robots isn’t really killing.
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8. Prisoners of war are not really prisoners of war if we’re really not at war.
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9. Killing from the air is not as bad as killing from the ground.
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10. Terrorism isn’t terrorism if our side does it.
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There is much more.

 Rather than take prisoner and interrogate so that we can stop future attacks killing them is the equivalent of destroying the enemy's computer rather than exploiting the hard drive for information of contacts and plans.  Much of this explains why liberals are so ineffective at warfare.

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