Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Opinion

February 23, 2010

Bill would honor former coal leader

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In August 2008 Rashad Hussain co-authored a paper entitled, “Reforming the Battle of Ideas: Understanding the role of Islam in Counter Terrorism Policy,” for the Sanan Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute, a Washington think tank that has been around about 90 years. Hussain’s paper, “argues that in order to win the ‘battle of ideas,’ the United States government must carefully reformulate its strategy and work with the Muslim world to promote mainstream Islam over terrorist ideology.” The paper promotes eight recommendations. No matter how convincing or correct the paper may be, Hussain’s credibility is now suspect. Hussain is an American by birth and the ultimate question is “Would Hussain sell out his country?” Hussain now has Daveed Gartenstein Ross, a counter-terrorism expert and attorney who apparently cannot make up his mind as to what religion to follow, waffling on the issues in his behalf.

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I heard Judge Royce Agner from down in Perry, Fla., once taught a youngster a valuable lesson. The youth was visibly upset about some minor incident that had happened and complained to his friend the judge “so and so lied — he is a liar.” The judge politely listened. After hearing the young man’s version of the incident, the judge imparted a bit of wisdom to the youngster. “Never call anyone a liar — simply say that they are not telling the truth.”

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The truth is often an elusive concept these days. There are always two sides to any story and any situation viewed from one’s vantage point is more than likely different that that viewed from another individual’s vantage. Hiding the truth is another matter. Richard M. Nixon sought to hide the truth. It cost him his presidency. Bill Clinton — I don’t think I need to go there. There were “deceptions” by many former Presidents. John Kennedy on the Bay of Pigs: “I can assure you that the United States has no intention of using force to overthrow the Castro regime.” In matters of national security, some things are better kept under wraps and the failure to keep thing under wraps was one of the problems that contributed to the failure at the Bay of Pigs.

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