Tuesday, May 29, 2007

their mission has been accomplished

* Raimondo:
"As Ayn Rand once put it, don't bother to examine a folly – ask yourself only what it accomplishes. If we look at the public reasons for the Iraq war, it is clear that none of these have been accomplished, nor are they likely to be achieved in the near or even distant future. Iraqi "democracy" is a bizarre mutation of clerical domination, unimaginable corruption, and rule by death squads, and those "weapons of mass destruction" have returned to the netherworld of the neoconservative imagination from whence they emerged onto the front page of the New York Times.

If, on the other hand, we look at what is actually happening in Iraq, and throughout the region, we can discern the real goals of the invasion, and they are two: a civil war in the Muslim world (check!) and the positioning of U.S. military forces for a confrontation with the next victim of the regime-change game: Iran (check!).

This Memorial Day, then, while you're contemplating the 3,500 American dead, the tens of thousands of wounded (many of them horribly), not to mention the 650,000 Iraqi victims of U.S. state terrorism, you might wonder if Bush and his neocon advisors lose any sleep at night over what everyone else has deemed their huge "failure" in Iraq. The answer is: certainly not. They sleep deeply, and with a satisfied smile on their faces, because, as far as they're concerned, their mission has been accomplished."


Rod Maingot said...

Ayn Rand would certainly support an American military presence in the Middle East - but not for the reasons given by the American administration. You may find the following article of interest:


Kax said...

While I certainly understand Cindy Sheehan's spiritual exhaustion with the anti war movement after the Dem cave-in, I wish, instead of leaving the Dem party, she had endorsed Dennis Kucinich, who has never supported this war in even the tiniest way. She could help change the center of the Dem party by throwing all her support to Kucinich before the primaries.

lukery said...

thnx Rod

Kax - I'm not sure if Sheehan's support for Dennis would hurt or help him...

Kax said...

Well, I think Cindy Sheehan could draw more media attention to Kucinich's campaign and his correct positions and suggestions on how to leave Iraq responsibly. Of course she'd have to focus her energy on his bill HR 1234 which includes a 12 point plan.

Educating the public on what legislation to support is part of the battle. Kucinich is very clear in his thinking and positions but he hasn't seemed to master the art of communicating convincingly It's partly the MSM's fault of course, but all Dems have a real deficit in using the English language to their own advantage.

They constantly react to Repugnican sound bites instead of creating their own motivating ones. For example, I think Dems, in response to Dopey's veto, should have been Like it or Lump it. You go to war with the budget you've got. Simple. Parents who have had to deal with stubborn kids could relate.