Critique of the Liberals: Supporting the War in Iraq
Every once in a while I need to vent my frustration with the American political process. And one of the things that keeps irritating me is the excuse liberals give for having supported the War in Iraq -- namely that they were hoodwinked by the Bush administration's evidence of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Well, I'm sorry but that just can't be true. I assume that they all viewed that ridiculous presentation before the United Nations by then Secretary of State Colin Powell. As I watched it, I just kept saying to myself "they've got nothing" and "this is not proof of anything." I thought if this were a court of law they would throw the case out for lack of evidence. Frankly, I thought the whole presentation was farcical.
But imagine my surprise when suddenly the liberals aboard the war wagon agreeing that Saddam Hussein had an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.
Now we know that there were no weapons of mass destruction. And so, of course, George Bush had to come up with some lame excuse, but so did the liberals. And the liberal excuse was that Bush had fooled them with his false accusations and evidence about weapons of mass destruction.
The political leaders of the liberals are not ignorant people, so how or why did they fall for the Powell dog and pony show?
The truth is that the liberals were afraid of losing even more political power if they did not go along with the war fever that the Republicans whipped up following the 9/11 tragedy. The U.S. following the passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s has become so conservative that they are a danger to themselves: their super nationalism led them into a long and protracted war in Iraq and their failure to spend a few bucks to hold back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain has cost the nation further billions of dollars.
The truth is that the conservatives had the political clout to roll over the liberals and the liberals did roll over.
I don't really blame the liberals for rolling over, but I do believe it does a disservice to liberalism and further blinds them to the truth to let them keep excusing their support for the war in Iraq by their having been duped by the Bush administration's evidence of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Patrick Louis Cooney, 9/15/2005
P.S. Does the U.S. ever learn anything from its mistakes? We just barely got through with another war that was completely unjustified, the Vietnam War. The thinking behind the war was totally mistaken, false pretexts were created by President Johnson to justify the war, critics of the war were called unpatriotic and the war just went on and on and on. We should have had an entire generation, the baby boomers, permanently suspicious of the U.S. government and its desire for more war.
And yet, the rush to war on the part of our political leaders (including the damn Democrats) and the electorate proves that the U.S. is permanently blinded by its redneck/cowboy version of history.
Or, let's be generous, and just acknowledge that the South rules the U.S. now and we will have to fight a great many wars before the electorate gets sick enough to return to what few senses it has left? 5/24/2006
Bush will soon surpass the number of American dead on 9/11 (3,020) in his Afghan and Iraq Wars (3,016). 6/15/06
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