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November 11, 2005

War Is Too Serious For Mistakes - Or Lies

-- by Dave Johnson

Bush went to war on a claim that Iraq was about to attack us with WMD. When it became clear there were no WMD the honorable thing to do would be to resign. War is serious business, and there is no room for mistakes - or lies. If you go to war over WMD and there aren't WMD the right thing to do is step aside and let someome else take your place. Simple as that.

But, really, it's worse than that. More later.

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 11, 2005 9:17 PM

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I've long thought that Dave's point should be self-evident - that a President who takes it upon himself to start a war is committing both his Presidency and his entire reputation to the enterprise. He'd better A) be right about why the war had to be started, and B) he'd better win the thing.

With Bush 0 for 2 on this measure, he should have been run out of office last year. In giving Bush another 4 years, the voters rewarded failure, and encouraged future Presidents to recklessly start unnecessary wars, and to lose them through incompetence. (This even apart from the question of malfeasance and dishonesty during the run-up to the invasion.)

As much as I despise Bush, my real anger goes out to those very foolish voters who put him back in a year ago. Such people ought to ask themselves if, given their execrable political judgement, they have any business in a voting booth.

Posted by: jimBOB at November 11, 2005 11:13 PM

Such people ought to ask themselves if, given their execrable political judgement, they have any business in a voting booth.

Of course they do, that's why it's called a democracy. But, increasingly, I get the feeling that people here don't want a democracy; they only want their way or nothing else. Predictably, y'all favor a dictatorship.

Posted by: Pericles at November 12, 2005 3:42 AM

To the guru of the neocons, Leo Struass, war is manly and glorious. To keep control over the "masses", you have to have an enemy. To keep the "masses" properly brainwashed, you have to have a war so the "masses" will unite behind you and your manly, glorious spiritual leadership. Any war will do. That's what happened, isn't it? If this war somehow ended, there'd have to be another one.

The "masses" are us. You and me and even that troll Pericles. The only ones not part of the "masses" are the self-appointed, self-defined "elite" in power. You can bet your life their kids are never gonna fight in any wars.

Posted by: MJ at November 12, 2005 6:42 AM

Predictably, y'all favor a dictatorship.

Yes, asking people to question the authority of a President who disputes the patriotism of anyone who disagrees with him means I favor a dictatorship.


Posted by: jimBOB at November 12, 2005 8:24 AM

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