Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The "Mistake"

In a rejoinder to Andy McCarthy's defense of the Iraq invasion - and of one of its proponents, Douglas Feith - at National Review's The Corner, editor Byron York neatly explains why the invasion gained support, in spite of erroneous premises on which is was based, and why it has lost that support, even among conservatives who initially supported it.

The reason that Saddam supposedly posed a threat to us always came back to WMD, and the fact is that the dire scenarios sketched by the Bush administration in the run-up to the war did not turn out to be accurate.

For many of us, the war was supposed to be about U.S. national security and only about U.S. national security. It would be nice if we could make Iraq a better place, just as it would be nice if we could make Afghanistan a better place, but that was never a sufficient reason to go to war. The reason to go to war was to find and kill every last son of a bitch who had anything to do with 9/11. And that job was not the main focus in Iraq, and in any event is unfortunately not finished.

But the administration and the intellectuals behind the way had other plans. Iraq was to be the model for a new American-created, Israel-friendly Middle East. Islam wasn't the problem: dictators getting in the way of human longing for freedom, to paraphrase pretty words fed to the president, was the sole reason the Middle East was a terrorist-brewing swamp of violence and stagnation. All of this was fantasy, which meant, unfortunately for the nation, that all the plans regarding the war and the occupation were built on fantasy as well.

The resulting debacle in Iraqi sand has bleed the army and the treasury and the American people's patience, which has finally run dry. This confuses and upsets the neocons who can't understand why their glorious visions haven't turned into reality, and causes them to resent the voters for doubting them. York, however, sees clearly the perilous trap into which the GOP allowed itself to be led, and the likely consequences in November.

One of the main reasons John McCain is facing such an tough job today is that we are now in the sixth year of a war that the president of his own party started by mistake. That's a major headwind when you're running for president; an error of that magnitude will exact a political price. Would anyone be surprised if voters say that they've had enough?


At 6:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing that might get JUAN McCain elected is the fact that Barack Hussein Obama is such a accomplishment-barren-token-joke-of a politician. A "community-organizer"? What the hell is that? Has he ever created a job? Come up with some advancing-discovery? Has he ever had a paradigm-shifting-idea? Nope, just another "toe-the-line" liberal.

As Thomas Sowell has said.........."John McCain could never convince me to vote for him, but Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton could convice me to vote for him".

This is a race between three politicians who seem to compete to give the biggest middle finger to the largest section of the republic, decent working white people. Its friggin' amazing how the GOP establishment, by making certain left-leaning primaries WINNER TAKE ALL, and with the help of a very crowded primary field and a Jesus-mongering-Huckabee keeping any other candidate from gaining any early traction, FOISTED THIS RINO MONSTROSITY into the general election.

I suppose if youre a real conservative, you'll hope Obammy wins just to punish the GOP establishment. Im voting for Barr so I have no horse in the race as I know I wont be voting for the winner. But I WILL BE ABLE TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT.


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