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Planet Earth, Calling the New York Times



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The New York Times lead staff editorial, May 24, 2013:

President Obama’s speech on Thursday was the most important statement on counterterrorism policy since the 2001 attacks, a momentous turning point in post-9/11 America. For the first time, a president stated clearly and unequivocally that the state of perpetual warfare that began nearly 12 years ago is unsustainable for a democracy and must come to an end in the not-too-distant future

There have been times when we wished we could hear the right words from Mr. Obama on issues like these, and times we heard the words but wondered about his commitment. This was not either of those moments.

Before gushing, the New York Times presumably had researched other “momentous turning points” in American history. To cite a few:

May 24, 1775: Washington declares the war of independence “is unsustainable for a democracy and must come to an end in the not-too-distant future.”

May 24, 1862: Lincoln declares the war “is unsustainable for a democracy and must come to an end in the not-too-distant future.”

May 24, 1942: Roosevelt declares the war “is unsustainable for a democracy and must come to an end in the not-too-distant future.”

Planet Earth calling: The New York Times applauds America’s long and illustrious tradition of ending wars unilaterally by quitting. Hello? Is anyone home down there?



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