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More Consistency

Seems I’ve hit a nerve out there. I can’t spend all day on this, but let me explain. I said consistency is important. But it’s not everything. For example, the Left tried to make conservatives apply their standards for toppling Iraq to North Korea. Consistency says we should use military force to topple both dictatorships. But reality gets in the way. North Korea is a different place, with different capabilities and toppling it would have different consequences. The Left was perfectly within its rights to say hawks were inconsistent. And hawks were perfectly within our rights to say, “yes, but for good reason.” That’s all I meant. See the piece I linked to for more if you like.


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