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Another dodge from Senator Sherrod Brown

Frustrated by the canned response I got last time, on Friday I again asked Ohio’s junior U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown, the following three questions:

  1. Will you condemn’s full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us” and claiming that he is “cooking the books for the White House”? See
  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) while preserving individual Muslims’ right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

This hit my inbox yesterday afternoon:

Thank you for letting me know your views on the advertisement placed in The New York Times by
I do not believe that General Petraeus should be the focus of blame for Americans’ frustration with the situation in Iraq. The military has accomplished every goal set before it in Iraq with honor and courage. But no longer should we ask our troops to shed blood for a political and cultural battle they cannot resolve.
We do not dishonor the military by arguing for its return from Iraq. Two of the hallmarks of our country, unlike dictatorships past and present, are the vigorous debate among our citizens over the wisdom of our foreign policy and civilian control of our military forces. Every American has a responsibility to carefully evaluate the direction our country is taking and weigh in to help determine its future.
Thank you again for contacting me.
Sherrod Brown

Sorry. No banana for you, Senator.
Hear no evilDoes anyone with two brain cells to rub together think that this qualifies as a response to my questions? Slippery Sherrod refused to condemn’s slimy ad, and completely ignored my questions about America’s response to the threat from political Islam.
I know he desperately wants to squirm out from under this microscope, but he can’t. I’m perfectly happy to be a gadfly when it comes to national defense. I’m going to keep asking these questions until he answers them directly. I’ll even make it easy for him; I’ll ask each one separately instead of all together in one message. That should make it harder to ignore the political Islam topic.
Stay tuned.