And the award for most ludicrous Afghanistan commentary goes to…

Ralph Peters, that’s who. Hands down.

A taste (h/t Registan):

Although it seems unthinkable now, future wars may require censorship, news blackouts and, ultimately, military attacks on the partisan media. Perceiving themselves as superior beings, journalists have positioned themselves as protected-species combatants. But freedom of the press stops when its abuse kills our soldiers and strengthens our enemies. Such a view arouses disdain today, but a media establishment that has forgotten any sense of sober patriotism may find that it has become tomorrow’s conventional wisdom.

The point of all this is simple: Win. In warfare, nothing else matters. If you cannot win clean, win dirty. But win. Our victories are ultimately in humanity’s interests, while our failures nourish monsters.

Add ” kill journalists” and “censor media outlets that do not cheerlead for us” to the list of things those on the extreme right believe we need to do to “save Western civilisation”/win the “War on Terror”/fulfill our pubescent boy dreams of bloodying far-off lands in the name of freeeeedooooom.

So, let me think, we’ve got;

– Kill journalists and censor the media

-Suspend civil liberties

-Set up secret prisons

-Undermine the rule of law,  including  international criminal law


-Support (politically and materially) dictatorial regimes that oppose “our enemies” while brutalizing their own populations

Hmmm…what am I missing?

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