Thursday, November 17, 2005

Better late than never, I guess...

(via the Village Voice)

Some hawkish democrats are now finally turning against the Iraq war. So apparently is Bill Clinton. Principled or not, it is about fucking time. Of course they are opposing the war for the wrong reasons and drawing the wrong lessons but I will take what I can get.

That said, where the fuck were Clinton and the Democrats during the buildup to the war when we had a real chance of avoiding the bloody inescapable quamire we are in now. They were wrapping themselves in the flag, supporting Bush and criticizing the anti-war movement for its lack of patriotic resolve. And they still don't get it. The problem with the war was not that it was mismanaged. Anyone with any sense could see that Saddam Hussain was no threat to the US. Iraq's neighbors didn't believe it, demonstrators in the largest global prewar protests in history didn't believe it, and the UN weapons inspectors didn't believe it. It wasn't about not having the right intelligence, it was about not having the integrity necessary to risk their political careers to prevent mass murder and a world class disaster that just keeps on giving.

Nonetheless, welcome aboard.

3 Comments:

At 11/23/2005 8:34 AM, Blogger Gothamimage said...

Americans do not hate liberal programs, but the do often hate liberals. For good reason, sometimes.

 
At 11/23/2005 3:30 PM, Blogger velid said...

What a strange comment. Liberals are not Americans then? Are they all French?

And just for the record. I'm not a liberal. Something far more terrible, I'm afraid.

 
At 11/27/2005 12:40 PM, Blogger Gothamimage said...

I know you are not a liberal - far from it -- But I am sometimes classified that way - so it was odd to see you defend my honor ,from my comment = which was not a judgement , but an assesment of polling data

The good reason was a reference to many liberals being phony by and pretending they fell for the WMD stories.

M. Chirac is not a liberal - he is a Gualist, and a war veteran, unlike Bush.

 

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