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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Caged Bird: "Tony Blankley Says Iraq More Important than Vietnam"

And to think they call them "jolly"

Thanks to Caged Bird for this incredible find!

On the McLaughlin Group program aired on Sunday, 4/1/2007 Tony Blankley described the ultimate sacrifice of 58,209 Americans in Vietnam with this declaration:

MR. BLANKLEY: The Iraq war is much more important than Vietnam. Losing Vietnam did not create the kind of world danger that losing Iraq would. So we can't afford to lose Iraq, even though we could eventually, as it proved out, afford to lose Vietnam.

Seated next to Blankley was Pat Buchanan. Buchanan did not object to the characterization of Vietnam as less important than Iraq. Pat Buchanan sat mute. I expected outrage that Blankley could blithely and dismissively reduce the tragedy that is still Vietnam to a cost/benefit equation. I disappointed that no one called him on it. I was appalled that no one reminded Bucahanan of his complicity in the justification of the Vietnam War.

Fortunately, we have Buchanan's own words . Buchanan is quite voluble about the treason of those in opposition of his rationale for the war and those who disagreed that we could afford the cost of the 200,000 killed or wounded and the net future value of their families.

McLaughlin archive

- posted by Caged Bird

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