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Parsing Obama

By on 6.17.08 | 2:43PM

Daniel Larison tries to argue that Obama's comments don't represent a 9/10 mindset because he was only touting the prosecution of the first WTC bombing in the context of talking about the narrower question of handling detainees. "The candidate who has urged launching strikes into Pakistan and supported the bombardment of Lebanon is not one who is leery of using force to respond to terrorism and other security threats," Larison reassures.

Interestingly, in the very same post, Larison chides conservatives who tried to convince themselves that Obama is sympathetic to school choice. "I’ll keep saying it until it sinks in: his nods to conservative reform proposals are head fakes," Larison writes.

So Larison doesn't buy Obama's head fakes on domestic issues, and yet he expects those of us who favor aggressive action against terrorism to buy Obama's national security head fakes hook, line, and sinker.

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