Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Conveniencing the terrorists, or, if we sacrifice one virgin, surely the gods won't destroy the whole village, right?

DICK MORRIS ON FOX: I think that withdrawal from Iraq — it obviously gives al Qaeda a huge victory. Huge victory. On the other hand, if we stay in Iraq, it gives them the opportunity to kill more Americans, which they really like.

One of the things, though, that I think the antiwar crowd has not considered is that, if we’re putting the Americans right within their arms’ reach, they don’t have to come to Wall Street to kill Americans. They don’t have to knock down the trade center. They can do it around the corner, and convenience is a big factor when you’re a terrorist.
Ah, the soldier as shiny bait strategy, aka the soldier as sacrificial lamb strategy. Of course, President Bush's "fight them there so we don't have to fight them here" is the same exact either-or fallacy that Morris is falling into (i.e. obviously the terrorists could do both), but Morris is making the faulty reasoning explicit.

And it is disgusting. I think we can support the troops a bit better than this.


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