"Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, might take bittersweet satisfaction to know that he was not the last smart president to prolong unjustifiably a senseless, unwinnable war, at great cost in human life... He would probably also feel vindicated (and envious) that ALL the crimes he committed against me -- which forced his resignation facing impeachment -- are now legal." -- Daniel Ellsburg
three years into the Obama presidency - not content with continuing Bush's two idiotic wars - he's bombing a third Arab country. The differences between Iraq and Libya are obvious, but it's still mindblowing.
As a friend noted today; the protestors in Bahrain must be reassured help is on the way.
The region combines a long history of Ottoman oppression, lingering resentment from the fleeting period of Western colonialism, ballooning populations and shrinking economies, a malign fascination with Nazi racial theories and Soviet-style politics, and the skewed absurdities of oil wealth and Western aid. Shake it all up with the murderous and nihilistic resentments of Islamic fundamentalism, and you get lots of angry, well-armed people with no experience in self-governance and lots of scapegoats in need of a good killing. This will get worse before it gets better.
is to serve a people who find nothing
amiss in the prospect of armed conflict without end. Once begun, wars continue,
persisting regardless of whether they receive public support. President Obama's
insistence to the contrary notwithstanding, this nation is not even remotely
"at" war. In explaining his decision to change commanders without
changing course in Afghanistan, the president offered this rhetorical flourish:
"Americans don't flinch in the face of difficult truths." In fact,
when it comes to war, the American people avert their eyes from difficult
truths. Largely unaffected by events in Afghanistan and Iraq and preoccupied with
problems much closer to home, they have demonstrated a fine ability to tune out
war. Soldiers (and their families) are left holding the bag. WP