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Balloon Juice On Iran

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As always, John Cole Tim F breaks down the current Iran situation in a very honest way.

Von at Obsidian Wings has noble and timely sentiments about Iran:

Iran is the next great challenge, and it is (and should remain) a nonpartisan one.

Then he links to a Q-and-O post which sniffs indignantly at lefty bloggers who’ve done some prognosticating about how the Iran imbroglio will pan out. In a classic example of rhetorical dishonesty Jim Jon Henke identifies a single blogger as ‘the Democratic base’ and one Atrios post becomes ‘the Democratic strategy.’ Not that I want to single out Von personally, but this empty rhetorical gimmick is depressingly typical. Since when was Ward Churchill a ‘darling of the left,’ since never. Neither is the Democratic Party the ‘party of Cindy Sheehan.’ Is the GOP ‘the party of Pat Robertson?’ No, it’s not. People who concern themselves with precise language should pay attention to rhetorical flourishes that weaken their overall point.

If you are so inclined…read the whole thing