Ed Driscoll

Cry Havoc, and Let Slip the Fainting Couches of War!

Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style:

Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.

—Karl Rove, June 22nd of 2005.

Compare these two passages from a top [New York Times] story entitled “U.S. Joins Europe in Effort to End Fighting in Ukraine:”

 1. “The Russians have sent modern T-80 tanks, whose armor cannot be penetrated by Ukraine’s aging and largely inoperative antitank weapons, along with Grad rockets and other heavy weapons. Russian forces have also used electronic jamming equipment to interfere with the Ukrainians’ communications….Ukraine has requested arms and equipment, including ammunition, sniper rifles, mortars, grenade launchers, antitank missiles, armored personnel carriers, mobile field hospitals, counterbattery radars and reconnaissance drones.”

2. “The $16.4 million in aid that Mr. Kerry will announce in Kiev is intended to help people trapped by the fighting in Donetsk and Luhansk. The aid will be used to buy basic items like blankets and clothing, along with counseling for traumatized civilians and to help those who have fled the fighting.”

— Elliott Abrams, today, who adds, “It is as if Roosevelt offered Churchill the Lend-Lease not of battleships but of blankets for Londoners made homeless by the Blitz.”