Anyone who still clings to the absurd notion that the war on Islamic terrorism can be fought in the manner of past wars is either naive or criminally ignorant of the situation in which America presently finds itself. Treaties, truces, and conventions are neither strategic tools nor effective weapons when confronting the fanaticism that drives militant Islamists.

Likewise, Republicans who believe that the political issues presently facing their country can be solved through reasoned discourse and compromise between the opposing parties are simply out of touch with reality. Any doubts that this is indeed the case can be quickly laid to rest in light of recent statements from Paul Begala, formerly a key political strategist in the Clinton Administration.

Throughout the Clinton years, Begala worked in concert with

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