The, Uh, “Conservative” Case for Spitting on American Soldiers

American Greatness offers a red-pill argument for hating on the military.

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The, Uh, “Conservative” Case for Spitting on American Soldiers

JIM SWIFT: American Greatness offers a red-pill argument for hating on the military.

🎧 On the Pods… 🎧

David Priess: Was It An Intelligence Failure?

On today's podcast, Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss mosquitos, vaccines, and whether Afghanistan represented a failure of intelligence... or policy.

For Bulwark+ Members… 🔐

MORNING SHOTS: Biden's Numerator/Denominator Problem 🔐

CHARLIE SYKES on a brutal poll for DeSantis.

THE TRIAD: How Louisiana Police Covered Up "Pain Compliance" 🔐

JVL: Law enforcement institutions are still broken.

From The Bulwark Aggregator…

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Biden’s “Please, Putin?” Moment

BENJAMIN PARKER: Yet another botched aspect of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Nation-Building Was Not the Point

MONA CHAREN: The realist case for staying in Afghanistan.

🚨OVERTIME 🚨

Let’s start with some happy news… 🇺🇸

Speaking of ‘happy’ let’s talk about about ‘happy little trees’ that might not be so happy… This Netflix documentary is about to strip off some paint.

The best negotiator… ever? Hardly.

Should have stuck with NAFTA.

YES…

Greg Abbott is #TeamVirus. There’s no other explanation for it.

Let’s not WARP SPEED too fast!

I feel a bit seen! Will Leitch’s great newsletter is something you should sign up for. Here’s a taste:

I am always suspicious of anyone who is too confident in themselves. This is one of the (many) reasons I am terrible at social media. That social media does not do nuance well is baked into the platform, which wouldn’t be that big of a deal except for the fact that America’s media organizations have started using Twitter as an assigning editor, making it increasingly impossible for anyone to have a large-scale good-faith conversation about anything. (Afghanistan only being the most recent example.) But I’d argue social media does uncertainty even worse. Nearly everything on social media is posted with the utmost conviction and self-assurance, as if each statement is so painfully obvious that it’s embarrassing that anyone would even have to say it. This makes sense: It’s our strongest thoughts and beliefs that we feel compelled to broadcast to the outside world; it’s why we’re broadcasting them so loudly. Few leap to exclaim, “Here is something I haven’t made up my mind about!”

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Your film score of the day… As longtime readers know, my late grandmother (RIP) was a violinist with the Dayton Philharmonic, and I absolutely love music scores and the effort it takes to make them great.

That’s it for me for today. We’ll see you back here tomorrow. Tech support questions? Email support@substack.com. Questions for me? Drop me a line: swift@thebulwark.com

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