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Well, I don't know who Andrew Sullivan is, but if Niall Ferguson is anything to go by, that's probably a good thing.

We also sent you John Derbyshire, but he's so far on the right that you probably can't see him through the flatulent hulk of Rush Limbaugh

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 27th, 2016 at 12:16:54 PM EST
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Andrew Sullivan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

...Sullivan is a conservative political commentator, a former editor of The New Republic, and the author or editor of six books. He was a pioneer of the political blog, starting his in 2000. He eventually moved his blog to various publishing platforms, including Time, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and finally an independent subscription-based format. He announced his retirement from blogging in 2015.[1]

Sullivan's conservatism is rooted in his Roman Catholic background and in the ideas of the British political philosopher Michael Oakeshott.[2][3]

Born and raised in England, he has lived in the United States since 1984 and currently resides in Washington, D.C.,[4] and Provincetown, Massachusetts. He is openly gay and a practicing Roman Catholic.

I learned of him when he was a vocal supporter of the Iraq War.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Jun 27th, 2016 at 01:25:19 PM EST
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He was one of those who recanted:

Andrew Sullivan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sullivan supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States and was initially hawkish in the war on terror, arguing that weakness would embolden terrorists. He was "one of the most militant"[23] supporters of the Bush administration's counter-terrorism strategy immediately following the September 11 attacks in 2001. He wrote a controversial essay for The Sunday Times in which he stated, "The middle part of the country--the great red zone that voted for Bush--is clearly ready for war. The decadent Left in its enclaves on the coasts is not dead--and may well mount what amounts to a fifth column."[51] Eric Alterman wrote in 2002 that Sullivan had "set himself up as a one-man House Un-American Activities Committee" running an "inquisition" to unmask "anti-war Democrats", "basing his argument less on the words these politicians speak than on the thoughts he knows them to be holding in secret".[52]

Later, Sullivan criticised the Bush administration for its prosecution of the war, especially regarding the numbers of troops, protection of munitions, and treatment of prisoners, including the use of torture against detainees in United States custody.[53] Though he argues that enemy combatants in the war on terror should not be given status as prisoners of war because "terrorists are not soldiers",[54] he believes that the US government must abide by the rules of war--in particular, Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions--when dealing with such detainees.[55] In retrospect, Sullivan said that the torture and abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq had jolted him back to "sanity".[23] Of his early support for the invasion of Iraq, he said, "I was terribly wrong. In the shock and trauma of 9/11, I forgot the principles of scepticism and doubt towards utopian schemes that I had learned."[23]



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 27th, 2016 at 01:27:08 PM EST
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wow, sounds like a complete prick. A man who not only campaigns to promote war crimes but attempts to publicly shame those who object.

But as he's a gay conservative, I suppose that self-contradicting hatred is just part of the package.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 27th, 2016 at 02:25:24 PM EST
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Complete prick indeed: I remember surfing away from CNN when he was on.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 27th, 2016 at 04:48:42 PM EST
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