Progressive politics and spirituality go hand in hand. A quote from a NYT article by Michael Janofsky:
"We believe that we have a rightful responsibility for what the Bible itself challenges. Working the land and caring for it go hand in hand. That's why I think, and say unapologetically, that we ought to be able to bring to the debate a new voice."
- Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs, National Association of Evangelicals
Khalilzad Left Hanging by Pentagon's Mistakes in Iraq
Jackson Diehl [WaPo] believes that sticking to the wrong course in Iraq without adequate planning or strategy has made the job of Bagdhad envoy Zalmay Khalilzad extremely tough:
Almost orphaned by a president who limits his public discussion of Iraq to brave democrats and evil terrorists, the ambassador [Zalmay Khalilzad] has worked with enormous energy to channel the complex and increasingly violent struggle for power among Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds into elections and negotiations. The mistakes of the past 2 1/2 years have made his job much harder: Iraqis are far more polarized along ethnic lines than they were in 2003, and the insurgency is deeply entrenched, thanks to the Pentagon's slowness in taking it seriously.
A Horrible Way To Die
In an article by Steve Fainaru in the WaPo, a soldier named Aaron drives home a point that few of us make here in the States. Soldiers know they are dying - not for America - but for Iraq - and if you imagine they are any less confused than you or me about the cause in which we are engaged, then I think you are wrong. What makes me very sad is to understand that these loyal young men and women - our children, fathers, sisters, mothers in Iraq - do what they have agreed to do, and in the end, they do it for the love and respect they have for one another as team members and blood brothers. It makes me want to scream all the louder: Send them home!
"Dying for Iraq is a horrible way to die," said Spec. Aaron Novak, 25, of Billings, Mont. "But to die for your buddies, that's the way I look at it. Iraq is going to be here a long time after we're gone."
At Press Conference, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Rockefeller Calls For Thorough, Credible, and Prompt Phase II Report “We owe the American people a full and honest accountability of the intelligence that was used to make the case for going to war.”