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February 08, 2012

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I love the cocktail-like juxtaposition of ideas and subjects in this post. Romney's statement about "radical violent Islam" does not offend me as it characterizes not all Muslims but those who define themselves in opposition to us, which is fair. But your wit, as usual, sparkles, and the conclusion is brilliant. Cordially yours, DL.

Fair enough, and I thought about that, but his speech is so rife with "some people say this" and "some people say that," I started to wonder if anyone says any of this stuff. How many Muslims really define themselves as primarily haters of the U.S.? Osama bin Laden, certainly, but other than his followers, very few, considering that we're talking about the whole world here. Yet we've allowed the category of who hates us to become inflated. It's vague, general language that our policy makers could stuff anyone into. I worry. Specificity is my defender against hidden agendas.

Wow! Would love to have a drink with this cocktails. :D

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