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A Real Former Senator Versus a Make Believe President

For those of you who missed it, Drudge has a great story about competing ads on the Iraq war--one by NBC’s "West Wing" star Martin Sheen, and the other by former Senator and NBC "Law and Order" star Fred Thompson. (Movie buffs will recall that Thompson played supporting actor roles in films including "In the Line of Fire" and "The Hunt for Red October."

In Sheen’s ad, he reportedly implores: "Don’t invade Iraq. Inspections work; war won’t." Senator Thompson, by comparison, offers these sober words: "Thank goodness we have a President with the courage to protect our country. . . . What should we do with the inevitable prospect of nuclear weapons in the hands of a murderous and aggressive enemy? Can we afford to appease Saddam?"

Kudos to Senator Thompson for offering a counterpoint to the Hollywood din.

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