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Glenn Greenwald on paintball warriors butching up at the expense of those who put their lives on the line:

Warren argues that the cowardice of the two Fox journalists in saving their own lives illustrates why we are losing the War of Civilizations — because of what Warren calls the "Chestlessness" of our "men." As Warren puts it: "That is the substance of most Islamo-fascist propaganda: that the West consists of straw men, of men without chests, of men easily pushed over." To Warren, the cowardly chestlessness of Western men is why "the West is proving unable to cope with a threat from a fanatical Islamic movement, that it ought to be able to snuff out with fair ease."

I’m going to take this opportunity to offer up one of my favorite Digby quotes:  "This idea of America as a New Sparta is ridiculous.  We’re a nation of flabby shoppers."

The delusions these people entertain each day before breakfast is gobsmacking. 

(graphic courtesy TBogg