The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Iraq was great, 'til YOU shot your mouth off....

I recently predicted that the right wing's response to the disaster in Iraq would be to blame it on those who didn't support the war. Henry Kissinger, Bill O'Reilly, and others have already started floating the idea. It was a brilliant success until the public undermined the administration and lost it for us. You know, because they aren't badass dudes who follow the orders of their Commander in Chief, but little weenies who aren't capable of doing anything more than wetting themselves if they don't have the full support of public opinion.

"The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples," Thomas Cadmus, national commander, told delegates at the group's national convention in Honolulu."

As though our troops have access to the same information that we do. The cowardice of this administration, and of the current incarnation of the GOP, will be legend in years to come. To claim that the loss of a war which they promoted, planned and executed is the fault of those who questioned the policy three years after the fact is the equivalent of a lousy shortstop claiming that his shoelaces were too tight.

The last thing I want to see is the descension of Iraq into a civil war. As I've pointed out time and time again, Saddam Hussein was a brutal despot, but he was the lone secularist in a sea of fundamentalist despots. And all we've done is enable radical Islamists to control the entire Middle East. By installing a theocracy in a nation we were ostensibly democratizing, we've doomed ourselves to a heightened terrorist threat for years to come. Why is it so hard for the right to acknowledge this and adopt a new policy? After all, they're the ones responsible.