Beau Friedlander over at AAR

The other notable statement from the tape: President Barack Obama is “a vulnerable man who will not be able to stop the war, as he promised, but instead he will drag it to the maximum possible extent.” Regardless who said it–whether the voice on the tape is Osama bin Laden or an al Qaeda supporter–the statement is true.

Can Obama push meaningful change in this country without the radicalism of the Right threatening him with nonstop noise, cultural idiocy, and inciviility? One of the many great things about the United States is the ability of everyone and anyone to speak his or her mind. That includes the likes of Joe Wilson and Glenn Beck and David Duke and Orval Faubus, but with freedom comes great responsibility, and that seems to be sorely lacking right now in the public reaction to our first African American president.

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