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U.S. Culture War Emboldens Our Enemies

Tuesday, 24 May 2005 12:00 AM

Was this what Bill O'Reilly was trying to say to my metaphorically challenged friends at the Los Angeles Times, who own the only big mimeograph machine on this side of the Santa Monica mountains? (O'Reilly had asserted on-air that the Times wouldn't understand why he objected to giving legal representation to Guantanamo Bay detainees until terrorists kidnapped and cut off editorial page editor Michael Kinsley's head.)

In their absolute joyful, crimson, Dan Rather-hating zeal to go after the newsmagazine that is owned by The Washington Post and seems to have establishment written all over it, the right has ignored all its own usual cautions and gone utterly bananas.

Pat Buchanan is ready to lock these guys up for sedition. That's right, and he's talking about the Newsweek guys. He doesn't even care if the item is true. We should blame Americans for the fact that people who hate us riot and kill each other. Imagine what Pat would say if I said that.

Let me not excuse my friends on the left who insist, notwithstanding no evidence to support them, that the retracted item was true. Go listen to Stephanie Miller.

And then there are the editorials that call for closing Gitmo down and giving every detainee a lawyer to ensure that we will learn absolutely nothing about anything from this moment forward, which is the responsibility of lawyers.

Michael Isikoff, the Newsweek reporter, is no left-winger. He's just a brilliant reporter, which doesn't mean he or anyone else bats 1,000. Now everyone is a true believer on confidential sources.

But what about those folks in the administration who are letting two reporters, Judy Miller and Matt Cooper, face jail because they won't give their names in an inquiry arising out of a Bob Novak column that revealed the identity of a CIA operative? Funny, I haven't seen anyone stepping forward to Rector Scott McClellan's lectern.

It was a Periscope Item. No one paid any attention. No network picked up the story. No liberals went nuts. No talk radio. No ACLU. Why not? Because the detainees themselves have spread these sorts of rumors all along for the purpose of accomplishing precisely what happened here: fermenting unrest against the United States. Sure, they would have preferred to have American servicemen and women die, but you can't always predict who the victims will be when you play with fire.

More to the point, and not to be blunt about it, but who cares? The people spreading these stories in the first instance are there because of their connection to terrorists who have killed innocent Americans. This

The job of the Americans interrogating them is to make sure they don't kill any more, and to do almost anything it takes to accomplish that. If the incidents described in the Newsweek report were the worse that happened to keep this country safe from terrorism, my guess is you won't hear 99 percent of this country complaining.

If people who hate us don't like that, perhaps they could take more responsibility for not allowing terrorists to train in their country to slaughter Americans. Then we won't need to send our kids in to clean out their terrorist camps and to try to break up the terrorist plots before they strike again.

People used to say that partisan politics should stop at the water's edge.

Maybe we could impose that rule on our never-ending, bloodthirsty culture wars.

In our thirst to kill each other – metaphorically, of course – we make it easier for our real enemies.

It's the difference between a culture war and a real one.

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