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Fallows: Obama=Eisenhower

I was gonna write about President Obama’s speech at West Point, but then noticed that James Fallows said everything I thought, and better than I could say it. Fallows has an advantage in that he used to write presidential speeches. At any rate, it just drives home to me that Obama is the most liberal ...

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I was gonna write about President Obama’s speech at West Point, but then noticed that James Fallows said everything I thought, and better than I could say it. Fallows has an advantage in that he used to write presidential speeches.

At any rate, it just drives home to me that Obama is the most liberal president we’ve had since Dwight Eisenhower. Now if Obama could just get the rich to pay near their fair share, like Ike did.

Attackerman files a thoughtful dissent. I like his formulation that indefinite detention without charges is “perhaps the least American idea there is.”

In his subsequent post, the Attackerman also gets the quote of the day: “If you think shit is illiberal now, just wait until the binational state exists.” I think he should hook up with GSGF.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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