Mark also says this:
n the same way, the visceral forces of love of home unleashed by 9/11 seem to me to still be quite potent. No small part of the disaster of Bush is that he has misdirected these forces into this stupid war of choice. But I can think of few people I know who think that we should just call off the war with Radical Islam on the theory that America is now safe from the Bronze Age Nutjobs. So I don't envision some crazy pacifism. Indeed, the *reason* the troops are admired is that people recognized they *do* stand on a wall and protect us--provided dunderheads at the levers of power don't send them off on damn fool nation-building projects based on the theories of the End to Evil types. I think Americans recognize we are in a serious war with Radical Islam. What they doubt is that the bog of Iraq is advancing our cause in that war.
Given where he lives, I expect he could probably find more than a few people who believe that any threat from radical Islam is completely overblown - assuming they would even acknowledge that it existed in the first place. I would also be interested in hearing what Mark would do to advance the cause of the war. Thus far, that seems to be limited to some type of massive troop influx into Afghanistan (which I'm not entirely sure would be a good idea, beyond bolstering our forces to support the inevitable NATO withdrawl from the southern provinces). That is a slogan, not a strategy, however.
When Mark is confronted with these types of issues, he generally remains silent or notes his own ignorance in matters of military and geopolitical affairs. Which would be fine, except he seems quite willing to rail against neoconservatives in terms reserved in the Catechism for the Antichrist. I for one would be very interested to hear his thoughts on how a Truly Faithful Catholic(TM) would defeat radical Islam.