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The Marines Are the Opposite of Liberal Thought

Posted By Conn Carroll On March 13, 2008 @ 10:26 am In Security | Comments Disabled

The Daily Show can hardly be described as a fan of conservative causes, but correspondent and U.S. Marine Rob Riggle turned in a beauty [1] on Monday when he covered Berkeley’s efforts to ban Marine recruiting [2] from the city:

Highlights include:

From a hippie near what looks like Telegraph Avenue:

Berkeley is a bastion of liberal thought and the Marines are just the opposite.

From another hippie on what looks like Telegraph Avenue:

I kinda felt like how the Iraqis felt. Like we were being occupied.

An exchange between Riggle and a Code Pinker:

Code Pinker: It’s very important to protect free speech. And so we clearly have a right to be here.
Riggle: If only there was an organization sworn to defend that free speech.
Code Pinker: Wouldn’t that be great?
Riggle: That would be outstanding.

Another exchange with the same Code Pinker:

Code Pinker: Wars in general would stop if we didn’t have weapons. Just like violence in our streets would stop if we didn’t have weapons.
Riggle: So if we got rid of the police we wouldn’t have crime?
Code Pinker: Potentially.

That last exchange reminded us of this Center for American Progress op-ed [3] on what would happen if the U.S. left Iraq:

The prevailing doomsday scenario suggests that an American departure would lead to genocide and mayhem. But is that true? Iraq today belongs to Iraqis; it is an ancient civilization with its own norms and tendencies. It is entirely possible that in the absence of a cumbersome and clumsy American occupation, Iraqis will make their own bargains and compacts, heading off the genocide that many seem to anticipate.


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[1] turned in a beauty: http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/player.jhtml?ml_video=163653&is_large=true

[2] efforts to ban Marine recruiting: http://www.foundry.org/2008/02/06/killing-two-grilled-wolfe-ranch-quails-with-one-stone/

[3] op-ed: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/25/AR2008022502438.html

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