Diana West is a columnist. She is right-wing. A reader e-mailed her latest column and asked if I would link to it and listed a lot of reasons. I stopped reading after the second. If you're a regular reader who e-mails, I do know you. And if I know you, you don't need a long list of reasons.
Diana West spoke to you. The column is entitled "Has The Culture Killed Character And Fidelity?" and that's at WND which I don't know but I'm sure is a right wing site.
So she got her link. And I was interested in reading her column. (I'm left. All my readers aren't, some aren't even political. And that's fine. This is a big kitchen, we can all fit in it and hopefully all have a good time and all learn from each other.)
Like me, Diana West is opposed to Brett McGurk's nomination to be the US Ambassador to Iraq.
He's completely unqualified. I think he's scum on top of it. Mainly, I join C.I. in being greatly worried about what happens to Iraqi women if he gets the post.
Diana West's column is interesting. But it's wrong here:
Now that six GOP senators on the Foreign Relations Committee have asked the president to withdraw the McGurk nomination, we bear witness to the standard Washington power play. But we also see a more unusual clash of morals in the public square. The six GOP senators want a clean, new nominee. The Washington Establishment – people for whom doors are opened, three or four kinds of forks are laid out and all manner of manners are observed – wants McGurk, someone who broke several elementary rules of professional conduct, not to mention the Ten Commandments.
In essence, the cultural left, mopping up its war on traditional morality, is unconcerned with such rules and wants its man rewarded. The traditional right, called to abide by such rules even as they recede into the past, still thinks breaking them – or at least the poor “judgment” that goes into breaking them – should have consequences.
C.I. broke the story. She was the first one to write about those e-mails. She did so on June 5th, the day before the confirmation hearing. In fact, let me put up all her writing last week, top one is Friday and then it moves backward:
- Iraq snapshot
- McGurk and the political crisis
- Iraq snapshot
- Iraq snapshot
- 'Blue Balls' McGurk faces Senate Foreign Relations...
- Iraq snapshot
C.I. is the cultural left. You really don't get much more left than she is. She's left politically, she's well off financially, to put it mildly, she's part of entertainment industry, etc.
And shes' the one who broke the news on McGurk. She's the one who has called for him to step down. She has noted he doesn't know what he's talking about, he doesn't know Arabic, he doesn't have management experience -- in fact, that Republican letter? All those points in that letter written this week by the six GOP Senators were raised by C.I. in her coverage last week.
So Diana West is wrong. It may be something but to broadly insist it's "the cultural left"? That's wrong.
I'm left too. My grandparents are Socialists, my father's a Socialsit. As I always joke, I would have been a Socialist too but I lacked the drive.
While I want to and will correct Diana West on that, I'm not afraid to link to her. We don't need to be scared of ideas. She's written an otherwise very strong column. I can see why a reader enjoys her. Liz Peek is someone I covered until wowOwow dropped her. When they dropped her, I dropped them.
I knew she was a conservative. That didn't bother me. I found her economic talk to be interesting. And I think she was right and that events since she was forced out of wowOwow have proven how right she was.
I am left. And if war breaks out tomorrow, I'll be just as rigid in my opposition to war as some on the right will be in their support for the war. But with that exception, I'm really not frightened by ideas. I grew up with Socialism, Democratic Party issues, Communism, libertarianism and, yes, conservatism (one uncle) all discussed at the table. My father always felt the only 'wrong' opinion was from the person who was afraid to share an opinion. To this day, he's happiest when he finds someone to disagree with and debate. So I'm not scared of ideas from the right or of the people who voice them.
I am left. But if you're a regular reader and you see something, e-mail. I won't link to everything. But I'll tell you right now that my blacklist has left sites and left writers on it. I haven't blacklisted any right wingers or right wing sites.
Thank you to ___ for sharing the column. It was a fascinating read.
And McGurk does need to go and to go quickly.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: