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Rudy's Faux-reign Affairs

Anyone who has been following the campaigns will know that GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani has been pretty averse to questions about his foreign policy credentials. His platform thus far has seemed to subsist mainly of reminding everyone that he was mayor of New York City on 9/11 and deriding the Democratic presidential candidates for refusing to use the term "Islamic" to lump all of America's enemies under a common ideological moniker.

Well now Rudy has attempted to make up for his deficiencies by writing a lengthy piece for Foreign Affairs magazine and the reviews are that Rudy still doesn't know what he's talking about. I'll leave it to others more seasoned than I to critique Rudy's arguments but I just wanted to highlight this little bit that stuck out to me.
America is a nation that loves peace and hates war. At the core of all Americans is the belief that all human beings have certain inalienable rights that proceed from God but must be protected by the state.

Now one would assume these "inalienable rights" of which Giuliani speaks are the various freedoms we enjoy as American citizens. You know, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of movement etc. These freedoms, as we have been told by the likes of Rudy and other right wingers, are what the terrorists hate us for.

Now here's Rudy describing his idea of freedom in a recent speech.
We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don't see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.

If this is the type of freedom that Rudy hopes to spread around the world, we are in some serious trouble.

Update: Be sure to check out Jim Henley, Carpetbagger, Daniel DiRito, Cernig and Shaun Mullen.

(Filed at State of the Day)

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