Via Michael Totten, this interesting post by Sean LaFreniere:
A political conversation with Boomer lefties these days is like a conversation with (a tomb)stone. They never give my comments serious consideration. They simply repeat a few of the latest chestnuts (the Jessica Lynch story was overblown, where are the WMD, its all about oil, and ipso facto the war was wrong) and walk away. The conversation is dead.
When I bring up contrary evidence (actually the best way for Texas oil companies to have acquired access to Iraqi oil was for Bush to have declared Saddam in compliance with the UN and dropped the sanctions) or arguments from another direction (what about the mass graves, the torture, and the past wars led by Saddam, isn
Just who is being evasive here? I mean, WHERE ARE THE WMD?
Even people who think the war was GOOD (e.g., Sen. McCain) are wondering: was this a massive intel failure (a bad thing, coz next time the failure might run the other way) or was the Administration deceiving us (not so great either, but OK when not related to a blow job).
I don’t think all of the Left (or the Right, for that matter) can be lumped into one category like that. Personally. I read a fair amount of well-argued anti-war writing, and it wasn’t all about “stealing Iraqi oil” or “wagging the dog.” Sean may be reading too much into the comments of a relatively small number of people.
Disclaimer: I thought the war was a bad idea- I’m an official member of the Wrong Target, Wrong Time school o’ Thought. I don’t think it was about stealing oil. As you yourself have said, it would have been easier and cheaper just to buy it.
I just thought it was an interesting read, as many of the problems he has with the strident Bush haters (that is who we are really talking about, not liberals) are very familiar.
Does this Boomer Lefty have a name? Cuz there’s one on my block named Stanley Strawman. It may be the same guy.