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Perspective adjustment

Now wouldn’t be a bad time for one.

I know they’re terrorists, but they’re our terrorist. And that’s the definition of true romance.

But the money quote is here:

That aside, here’s the neocon logic, as best I can explain: When a reporter acknowledges the passing of a revered, if controversial figure in a way that doesn’t sufficiently convey what a completely evil terrorist neocons think that figure was — that’s unacceptable. But when the United States spends nearly a trillion dollars, loses over four thousand of its own troops and over a hundred thousand Iraqis to establish a new government largely dominated by that same “terrorist’s” avowed acolytes — that’s victory.

The fact that neconservatives ever wielded such influence over US foreign policy would be comedic in its era of error if the results were not so heartbreakingly tragic. The fact that they still dictate foreign policy in the GOP is terrifying. That they are able to cow our establishment media into adopting an incoherent and unjust double standard is nothing short of shameful.

But make no mistake, if and when this country elects another Republican President, the neocons will be back at the helm of this nation’s foreign policy. One wonders if we can survive another such bout.

Further thoughts… American politics are broken badly. We’re a year and a half into complete Democratic control of government, and the American system of constitutionally protected freedom has done little but corrode further along the trends that got their momentum under the very neocons under discussion.

Buck can say better this than having McCain & Palin at the helm, but I don’t know. True, the war with Iran would likely already have been started – and true, we may manage to dodge that for a while longer. But it – or something much like it – will come. It may be that we have to “hit rock bottom” as they say sometimes before we recover our senses and our care for justice, peace, and freedom. The difference between the GOP and Democrats may very well be nothing more than a difference in tempo and route to the bottom. If hope is to be held out, it is the hope that there will exist some means of restoring justice, peace, and freedom when the time comes that we start wanting them back. There’s no guarantee that this will be the case, but we can hope.

2 comments to Perspective adjustment

  • jadarm

    Nice job on this.

    I am also assuming that we can’t be the ONLY ones wanting Justice, Peace, and Freedom either.

  • it is the hope that there will exist some means of restoring justice, peace, and freedom

    Before it can be restored you have to believe that it actually existed at one time or another. I didn’t think you believed in the Garden of Eden.

    True, the war with Iran would likely already have been started

    And the fact that it has not is a pretty big deal in my book. You have to appreciate any victory no matter how small.

    Yes. By all means continue to hope. As my mother always used to call it “that blessed hope” or as my grandma used to say, “this ain’t right and it is gonna stop!”

    I am also assuming that we can’t be the ONLY ones wanting Justice, Peace, and Freedom either.

    Just keep on wanting

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