Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's Different, When You're in Charge

This blog is not intended to be political, but sometimes politics are inextricably enmeshed in America's efforts to avoid a second 9/11 attack. A presidential campaign debate yesterday at New Hampshire's Dartmouth College was one of those times.

One party has typically insisted on telling Al Qaeda and others in Iraq exactly how long they have to hunker down, before U.S. troops retreat. For those who might want to overthrow the current government, and replace it with something more like late Taliban regime in Afghanistan, knowing how long they have to stay low could be vital information.

Now that there's a real possibility that their party will be in the White House, the party's top three candidates, Obama, Clinton, and Edwards, said that they couldn't promise to have all U.S. troops out by the end of the presidential term in 2013.

It's remarkable: how looming responsibility changes one's perspective.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.