The one tiny consolation, for those of us who were against the C-Plus Augustus’s Excellent Iraqi Adventure from the get-go, is that at least we’re not looking at President McCain right now. I’m with Mr. Charles P. Pierce:
The past continues to shoot at the present in Iraq. Yet another day, and yet another public pronouncement from the president, and yet another spasm of outrage from the foreign-policy claque that got us into the Iraq debacle in the first place. It is going to be a terrible couple of months for anyone who opposed the entire clusterfck from jump and now has to listen to the likes of this tripe from the people who have not yet apologized for the worst foreign-policy decision of my lifetime…
… We are going to hear about making sure that those Americans did not “die in vain.” In fact, as it turns out, they did. They died because the people who sent them to war without the proper equipment and under false pretenses, and the people who encouraged the war itself, like John McCain, who seriously doesn’t know what he’s talking about and hasn’t for years, did not have a plan. They had fantasies. These soldiers died so that Washington neocons could live out their dream of a purgative war of civilizations. These soldiers died because there was oil that people in this country, and around the world, wanted. These soldiers died so that the likes of Richard Cheney could continue to infest the corridors of power, and so that his worthless daughter could continue to have a gig. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians died for all the same reasons. If we forget all that in our attempt to salvage our Iraqi misadventure, and if we allow the architects of that misadventure to use the current crisis to rehabilitate their crimes and malfeasance, then thousands more people will die in vain…
Apart from nursing the sick certainty that we’ve watched this melodrama before, what’s on the agenda for the day?
With John McCain as Our Co-Pilot: A brief history of the Senator's policy pronouncements on the Iraq War http://t.co/8g0m4m53HG
— billmon (@billmon1) June 13, 2014