Letting Bygones-Be-Bygones? The Iraq War Debate

After reading about and seeing clips of last night’s Democratic debate, the foreign policy segment got to me for two reasons. First, it would be nice, though it will never happen, if Democratic and Republican candidates were to admit there are no good options in Syriaqistan and that vehement language in that situation just makes you look like a clown.

Second, I’m becoming increasingly disturbed, not to mention disgusted, with the spectacle of watching so many Democrats essentially giving Clinton a pass on supporting the worst foreign policy debacle in the last few decades (the Iraq War). Even if you give her the benefit of the doubt, and assume her intentions were noble (I don’t–she was my senator at the time and it seemed pretty clear this was craven political posturing), there are so many people for whom this isn’t something they can just shrug off. It’s not just a checkmark to be placed in the demerit column.

What a wonderful form of privilege to possess.

Aside: Yes, this would disqualify about half of Democratic politicians and pundits, and most Republican politicians and pundits. That would be a good start.

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3 Responses to Letting Bygones-Be-Bygones? The Iraq War Debate

  1. harrync says:

    I could forgive her stupid vote on Iraq; what I can’t forgive is her failure to learn from Iraq: Gaddafi is ready to do our dirty work, and wipe out the worst of the Islamic extremists in Benghazi, and we stop him on “humanitarian” grounds, plunging Libya into the same type of chaos as Iraq. Bernie is my preference, but to tell the truth, between Trump and Clinton, I’m not sure which would be worse for our country and the world.

  2. sglover says:

    I was somewhat disappointed that Sanders didn’t mention the no-good-options reality. Aside from it being true, it might have diverted the yapping nitwits who, for reasons fathomable only to Zeus and Shiva, were deemed competent to “moderate” the event.

    I think believing Dems should be getting worried. I’m still hoping that Sanders gets it, because he’s the better person and politician, but I have to admit the odds are against him (though they’re not insurmountable!). However, I think Clinton is very likely to suppress Dem turnouts, while rallying people to vote **against** her. Even aside from her thoroughly odious personality and record, lots and lots of people viscerally — but sensibly! — shun the dynasticism that Clinton embodies.

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