On Libya, some liberals put all their trust in princes 

One of the bad things about war is the cheap jingoism and leader adulation it brings out. The Right does this more, but it seems more embarassing when the Left does it. Here's Mother Jones' Kevin Drum:

[T]he 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 him, and I still do.

Radley Balko compares Drum to Britney Spears circa 2003.

Even worse, here's MSNBC self-professed "progressive" and "liberal" host Ed Schultz fiercely defending the war. From the first part of the video:

We need to stand behind people who want freedom. This isn't Bush talk. This is totally different from Iraq.... This is a situation where we have got a coalition that has come together and realized that Gadhafi is a terrorist. The President has gone on record saying that Libyan agents have killed Americans. That's all, as an American, I need to hear. Let's get it done.

First of all, Ed, that is Bush talk. It's almost verbatim Bush talk. But worse, is "the President's word is good enough for me" stuff. Watch the Schultz section a bit longer, and you see him saying we ought to trust the President when he says "No Ground Troops" and then yelling at liberal war critic Jeremy Scahill, "Is he YOUR President? Is he YOUR President?!"

No, Schultz and Drum, I'm not just going to trust the President. In part because he's consistently been misleading on this war, even denying it's a war. I'm just grateful that much of the Left's pundits have been skeptical of Obama and his war, and I hope the likes of Drum and Schultz drop their "stand-by-your-man" schtick as soon as possible.

It certainly didn't serve the Right well when the partisan enforcers tried to excommunicate those who questioned that Bush, simply because he was the "right man," would do the "right thing."

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