November 23, 2005
"Anti-War" Poseurs: All Whine, No Spine
of Americans mis-trusting George Bushs handling of the Iraq war,
and a solid majority telling pollsters we should never have picked
this fight, when will liberal Democratic politicians find the
courage to join the anti-war parade their constituents have organized?
a hawkish Vietnam veteran, from a blue collar Pennsylvania congressional
district, to force a debate left-liberal legislators didnt have
the guts to pursue when it would have made a real difference,
when it could have saved thousands of young American lives before
the neo-conservatives led us into their elective war to make the
world safe for democratically elected theocracies.
a man, and woman (wasnt gender diversity supposed to yield motherly
peace-makers?), Democrats in Congress continue to substitute whine
for spine, in a side show produced by the Washington political
and media culture as a substitute for a real debate about whether
to stay or go.
We were fooled! We
was robbed! If we had only known!
good as it gets from a crowd of liberal politicians who chose
to be fooled three years ago, because it was the popular thing
they are lying. They are trying to have it both ways, in true
John Kerry fashion, posing as victims of Bush-Cheney deception.
They are political poseurs, vamping against the war, trying not
to spend real political capital by actually opposing it.
mass destruction was always a marketing ploy, as admitted to by
Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the madness, rewarded
by the political culture with the presidency of the World Bank.
Dozens of evil-do-ing regimes have weapons that can be used for
mass murder. An honest debate, then and now, would be about whether
the outlaw state Iraq, with or without WMDs, really threatened
us, or was just the paper tiger it was revealed to be in the first
Gulf War; whether its brutal dictator, one of dozens in the world,
was an associate of Osama bin Laden, or simply a secularist thug
like Charles Taylor of Liberia; and whether, except in the neo-conservativeimagination,
you can impose pluralistic democracy in an Islamic tribal culture
that virtually demands theocracy.
Democrats were not fooled three years ago. They were silenced.
by neo-conservative marketers who used the chimera of WMDs as
a post-9/11 pretext for a war they were determined to wage, in
pursuit of their wacky reverse domino theory: that American military
power could liberate one democratic domino in the middle east,
and it would push up others.
homeland insecurity, the neo-cons conflated their grand geo-political
design with the legitimate need to confront the big bad ideas
of politicized Islamic fundamentalists. And they succeeded in
getting the pre-emptive ("we're powerful and can do anything
we damn well please") war they so badly wanted. Meanwhile,
the actual bad guy who orchestrated 9/11 is still hiding in a
cave somewhere thats not Iraq.
It took six
years after the American people lost faith in the Vietnam War
in 1968 and tens of thousands more young American lives for the
Washington political culture to end the madness it created in
big political lies (some fact-based, some not) may be harder to
tell in a digitally wired world, when policy-makers have a tougher
time manipulating the truth with the help of conventional media
that usually reflect, rather than challenge, the status quo.
governing, draft-deferred politicians may be forced by the governed
to join a debate -- for which someone who actually saw combat,
John Murtha, has been the unlikely catalyst.
Michael founded and directs the Washington Center for Politics
& Journalism, teaching college journalists about politics.
Democratic National Com. press secretary, he's now a self-described