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Tom Perriello on the "true bullet through the eye of al Qaeda"

by: lowkell

Thu May 05, 2011 at 14:32:17 PM EDT

Former Rep. Tom Perriello has a superb piece at the Atlantic entitled, "Osama bin Laden's Fall and the Arab Spring." The intriguing subtitle is "The true bullet through the eye of al Qaeda will be our courage to stand on the side of reformers in the seasons that follow." Here's a short excerpt (bolding added by me for emphasis), but definitely read the entire thing -- it's well worth your time!
Killing bin Laden is a massive operational victory but its lasting effect depends on a sustained strategy to render al Qaeda irrelevant, cutting the network off from new recruits and popular support. As we might say on Facebook, we need this generation to "Like" the United States, and maybe even "Friend" us over time. This struggle will not be as politically popular as killing America's Most Wanted Terrorist. It will require a major investment in the democratic transition in Egypt, which has already lost significant ground; redoubled efforts at a Middle East peace deal, whose prospects were both improved and deeply complicated by the recent reconciliation of rival Palestinian factions; and commercial engagement that provides the ultimate political currency -- jobs. And back here at home, the ongoing budget negotiations should not take the politically convenient but strategically foolish step of balancing the budget on the backs of an already anemic soft-power budget at the very time that we are handed a once-in-a-century opportunity to reshape one of the most strategically vital regions of the world.

By the way, just think about whether Tom's replacement in Congress, Robert Hurt, could even string 10 words together coherently, let alone write something as thoughtful, well-informed, and perceptive as what Tom Perriello wrote here. Once again, I challenge anyone to come up with a bigger downgrade in representation for a Congressional district than Virginia's 5th CD experienced when it went from the brilliant Tom Perriello to the stuffed shirt Robert Hurt. Nope, didn't think so.

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Robert Hurt, could even string 10 words together coherently, (0.00 / 0)
Got that right. Nor would he even try.

What an ass.

Hurt is awful (0.00 / 0)
That's why over 250 people are following @RetireHurt on twitter and nearly a hundred likes on the facebook page. This, on a grassroots campaign with no support from any party organization. Clearly, residents of the fifth district aren't so fond of their new congressman.

Tired of the crazies? Help us Retire Hurt! Join the movement: follow us on twitter or like us on facebook!

If that wasn't enough (0.00 / 0)
Notice that the @retirejimmoran handle officially run by the GOP has less followers than the grassroots handle @RetireHurt. Also, consider the GOP handle has been around for over a year and the Hurt one was only recently started.

Tired of the crazies? Help us Retire Hurt! Join the movement: follow us on twitter or like us on facebook!

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Is there any chance he'll be retired (0.00 / 0)
anytime soon? So far, I haven't heard of any candidates stepping up to take him on.  Also, the district's going to be made safer for him, right?  Looks like the 5th is stuck with its bad decision for a while... :(

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