Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Now Throw the Book at Him

Fawn Williams of Faux News (and NPR) thinks the Iraqis are "ingrates" because they don't appreciate the countless dead, millions exiled, and horrific destruction over there. Which again goes to show, the only thing scummier than a Brownshirt is a black Brownshirt (see Clarence, Colin, Condi and Ken Blackwell). Also, it goes to show, along with Cokie Roberts, why right-thinking people shouldn't give a nickel to NPR.

But Fawn is just one of the many millions who can't handle the truth about the whole Iraq war: that it was basically a smoke-screen for the incompetence and criminality of the whole Bush Junta, finally sold to poor, dim Dubya by Karl Rove, who realised that they had no chance for a second term without the war. The American people need to be reminded (to see that footage again) how gleeful this gang was on the eve of way, how they acted like fratties on a panty raid, not like leaders sending men to kill and die.

Yglesias puts it brilliantly:

The harsh reality is that this was not a noble undertaking done for good reasons. It was a criminal enterprise launched by madmen cheered on by a chorus of fools and cowards. And it’s seen as such by virtually everyone all around the world — including but by no means limited to the Arab world. But it’s impolitic to point this out in the United States, and it’s clear that even a president-elect who had the wisdom not to be suckered in by the War Fever of 2002 has no intention of really acting to marginalize the bad actors. Which, I think, makes sense for his political objectives. But if Americans want to play a constructive role in world affairs, it’s vitally important for us to get in touch with the reality of what the past eight years of US foreign policy have been and how they’re seen and understood by people who aren’t stirred by the shibboleths of American patriotism.

Unless these people are in some way held accountable their crimes will be repeated and exacerbated very soon.


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