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It started with the Democratic National Committee: An accusation that Republicans who’ve criticized the awarding of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama are on the same side as the Taliban and Hamas, who also criticized the award. Now, others on the left are picking up the theme and running with it, extending it to conservative media figures.
Both Media Matters and Daily Kos have produced videos compiling reactions to the award and suggesting that the right has aligned itself with terrorists. You can see the Media Matters video below. After a series of clips put together by the liberal press watchdog, the video ends with a black screen, on top of which is white text asking, “So if it’s not America, who are the conservatives rooting for?”
As I observed in my post about the DNC’s message, there’s no small amount of irony in play here — Obama got the award, in part, for not being former President George W. Bush, but the left is now using a message ripped from the Bush administration’s playbook. My colleague Glenn Greenwald had similar thoughts, writing, “Remember how, during the Bush years, the GOP would disgustingly try to equate liberals with Terrorists by pointing out that they happened to have the same view on a particular matter (The Left opposes the war in Iraq, just like Al Qaeda and Hezbollah do! or bin Laden’s criticisms of Bush sound just like Michael Moore’s! ).”
And it’s true — compare the Media Matters video to something like what Bush himself said in 2006, as the midterm elections approached and Republicans became desperate to stave off devastating losses: ”However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses.” At the time, liberal blogs like Think Progress smacked Bush for saying this.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.