How NCReporter Learned to Love the Bomb

The U.S. Bishops are urging Catholics to contact Congress to oppose President Obama’s desire to bomb Syria.

Pope Francis is insisting that more bombing is not an answer.

popeEven Jon Stewart (explicit content warning) doesn’t hesitate to call President Obama’s bomb proposal absurd.

But pundits of the Catholic Left can’t muster up the courage to unequivocally oppose their Democratic president’s bomb-mongering.

The National Catholic Reporter’s Michael Sean Winters has written a meandering screed supporting Obama. He doesn’t even mention the Pope, or the Bishops, much less rebut their statements. Can you imagine Winters failing to mention Pope Francis and the U.S. Bishops if they called for action on any other issue such as immigration, guns, or for that matter a Republican-instigated war?

On the NCReporter’s main page, it has forgotten how to plainly condemn bombing.  It lists some articles in favor of the bishops’ view, yet at the same time it hosts what can only be called a “diversity” of views on the topic.

In addition to Winters, NCReporter’s exclusive Jesuit “analyst” Fr. Thomas Reese wrings his hands about whether more bombs should be dropped. Fr. Reese cannot muster simple condemnation of more bombs. Reese prominently features the thoughts of William Galston, who offers a variety of justifications for the president.

So when Pope Francis, the Vatican, and the U.S. Bishops criticize Republican-led wars, or capitalist economics, pundits on the Catholic Left treat their messages as ex cathedra doctrine.  When these same Catholic bishops strenouously oppose President Obama’s desire to drop bombs on Syria, Catholic Left pundits start to wonder if bombs aren’t so bad after all.

I don’t remember NCReporter hosting bloggers who defended dropping bombs in Iraq, or offered pro-waterboarding “moral voices,” or theological defenses of nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A militaristic NCReporter: yet another fruit of “hope and change.”

UPDATE:  E.J. Dionne, the NCReporter fellow traveler and frequent pundit at Commonweal, has jumped on the bombwagon. Dionne gushes about how “lucky” we would all be if Obama gets to drop his bombs on Syria to display a “strong message of American determination.”

To Dionne the bombing would not only produce an immediate glee of destruction, but would at last usher in a joyful era where we see America “finally liberating itself from the shackles” of being reluctant to bomb countries that are not attacking us.

Dionne can’t wait until we shed that sad reticence and restore the freedom-to-bomb for Democrat presidents like Clinton and Obama–a divine right of the Left, but one that the evil Bush stole from them and tarnished in the eyes of the American people (by committing the crime of bombing-while-Republican).

NCReporter, of course, through Michael Sean Winters, thinks Dionne’s vista of renewed Democratic American belligerence is “one of his best columns ever.”

  • Martlet

    There is a huge difference between a surgical strike and all-out invasion, but what shocks me is that less than some cannot manage peace with their fellow Catholics. Shame on everyone who expects Syrians to be at peace with one another while slamming those in their own country and faith with whom they have a mere difference of opinion.

  • Dcn Dan

    I have come to the realization of how bad the leadership of our country must be when I’ve found myself agreeing with Vladimir Putin on Syria, though he has several Russian interests connected with the present Syrian regime as well. I am struck by the utter lack of interest in at least calling for peace talks with Assad. I am glad the Holy Father has called for prayer and fasting. The effects of bombing Syria in this case can be catastrophic.

  • Don Schenk

    Of course all the liberals who go around saying that you should vote for Democrats because they only want to kill babies with abortion, while Republicans want to kill adults with war, will find some reason to endorse our baby-killing, war mongering, president. He’s a Democrat.

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    So when is Pope Francis going to call for prayer and fasting for the conversion of Muslims, hmm?

  • RobW

    Does anyone actually take the fishwrap seriously??



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