Kevin Drum, Perpetual Skeptic

Matt Barganier, October 18, 2011

Kevin Drum, Oct. 17, 2011:

Aside from the fact that Barack Obama did not, in fact, send troops to Uganda in order to “kill Christians,” what should we think about the fact that he sent troops to Uganda in the first place? Needless to say, I’m far more hesitant about sending U.S. troops anywhere than I was a decade ago….

… I’m pretty much OK with this operation.

Kevin Drum, April 1, 2011:

So what should I think about this? If it had been my call, I wouldn’t have gone into Libya. But the reason I voted for Obama in 2008 is because I trust his judgment. And not in any merely abstract way, either: I mean that if he and I were in a room and disagreed about some issue on which I had any doubt at all, I’d literally trust his judgment over my own. I think he’s smarter than me, better informed, better able to understand the consequences of his actions, and more farsighted. I voted for him because I trust his judgment, and I still do.

Kevin Drum, Feb. 21, 2003:

As much as I’m unhappy about how the Bush administration has mishandled everything, backing out now could have disastrous consequences. And so we liberal hawks hold our noses and hope for the best.

Kevin Drum, Feb. 9, 2003:

I’ve gotten a lot of email critical of my post on Thursday suggesting that Colin Powell had indeed made a strong case in his UN speech. This administration has lied about everything, they ask, so how can you be so credulous as to believe their latest dog and pony show? …

… I am sympathetic to the idea that George Bush has shown himself to be so hamhanded in foreign affairs that there’s little likelihood of success as long as he’s in power. And yet, what’s the alternative? We need to try, and I’m inclined — barely — to give him a chance. Something has to kick start the Middle East into the 21st century, and I don’t see anyone else willing or able to do it. …

So that’s it. I have tremendous misgivings about this war….

Kevin Drum, Feb. 6, 2003:

I am sympathetic to the notion that administrations lie a lot on the subject of war, and I’m certainly sympathetic to the idea that this particular administration routinely lies about anything they think they can get away with. And yet….that leaves us with a problem, doesn’t it? If, a priori, nothing the administration says is believable, then opposition to war simply becomes a religious doctrine. After all, no one else is going to try and make the case.

 




12 Responses to “Kevin Drum, Perpetual Skeptic”

  1. God I hate this guy. As a lefty, I canceled my Mother Jones subscription many years ago.

  2. Ditto what Jim said. Publications like Mother Jones and The American Prospect exist for essentially the same reason as the Democratic Party–to delegitimize radical voices, particularly those crazy ideologues who might, oh I don't know, actually oppose state-sanctioned violence and terror.

  3. Great compilation of quotes!

  4. What a loathsome hack. Thank you Matt Barganier. The late Mother Jones would not touch "Mother Jones" with a 40 ft pole.

  5. What a pathetic boot licker.

  6. Kevin Drum is a sycophantic, defer-to-authority asshole.

  7. With friends like these…

  8. I don't even recognise America anymore. What the hell are we doing, really!?

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  12. "Aside from the fact that Barack Obama did not, in fact, send troops to Uganda in order to “kill Christians,” what should we think about the fact that he sent troops to Uganda in the first place?"

    Who came up with the christian rumor? I swear people nowadays will invent on everyone…

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