The Sound of the Crowd

There’s going to be a lot of ironic quotation marks in this one

As comes as a surprise to no one who has been paying attention, “President” George W. Bush has declined to back an inqury into the “intelligence faliure” that got us into Iraq. Presumably this is because such an inquiry will reveal that Bush, “Vice-President” Cheney and etc. have done their jobs with some incompetence. To put it mildly. And as a direct result, we’re waking up to nearly daily headlines about soldiers dying.

I don’t want to let Democrats off the hook about this, either–Senators like John Edwards and John Kerry flatly failed to do their jobs, too. And the next generation will judge them just as surely as mine did those who got the US into Vietnam, Republican or Democrat. Although, that’s easy to say with 20/20 hindsight, and I’m not sure if, at the time, the futility of Vietnam was as evident as Iraq II was. And it was, from the very beginning. Dean’s presumptive frontrunner status may have turned out to be greatly exaggerated, but he will always have this over every one of the candidates except Clark and, of course, Kucinich: He was right about Iraq, and they were wrong.

I would love to see which of them will be the first to say it (come on, John Edwards! Confession is good for the soul!).


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