“Man what the fuck is your problem!
That was the question a friend posed to me a few years ago when I expressed my adamant opposition to Bush’s plan to invade Iraq.
My friend is a Republican (as I used to be) and seemed to think that my opposition to the (then) planned invasion was giving aid and comfort to the enemy (Democrats, not Saddam) at best, and outright treason at worst.
Actually, several of my Republican friends had that attitude. They seemed incredulous as I explained to them in detail what would happen ( insurgency, civil war, breakup of the country). My prescience in this matter is a simple matter of having read a bit of history.
British in Afganistan (3 times), French in Indochina (1945-1954), French in Algeria(1954-1962), US in Vietnam(1956-1973), USSR in Afganistan(1979), and Oh yeah, British in Iraq (1920). You see, we’ve run this experiment, we know how it turns out. It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out, just someone who isn’t ideologically blind.
“Man we are gonna KICK their ass!” Was a refrain I heard many times. “Yeah, I responded, but then what?”
They couldn’t seem to get past the “ass kicking phase.” In a way, they reminded me of the Underpants Gnomes on the Comedy Channel’s “Southpark,” who could never get past the first stage of their grand plan.
First step :Collect all underpants.
Second step : ?
I can’t really say that I feel vindicated. After 2800+American dead (and counting), 300 billion dollars down the drain (and counting), it’s not like I actually won anything. I’ve lost just like every other American. I was just one of the few who could see it coming, and yes, that includes the Dems whose opposition was more reflexive than principled.
As for the Dems, they sure seem pissed, though it’s not really clear what they are pissed about. I often ask my Democrat friends what they are so hopping mad about, and Iraq tops the list. Of course, they don’t like hearing that their party went right along with Bush on this fiasco. In fact, many of them seemed to feel that they needed to be more Gung-Ho-than-thou on the issue. Kerry and Hillary come to mind.
Indeed, given the left’s penchant for running around the world on crusades (i.e. the same chuckle heads who think our occupation of Iraq is so terrible are DEMANDING that we do something about Darfur) you might get the impression that the main reason the Dems hate Bush so much is because he has stolen all their ideas. After all, what other major Bush policies to do they disagree with? Immigration? Non-military government spending? No Dem couldn’t outflank Bush on those policies.
Frankly, I would love to have someone of either party that actually represented my views. As it stands now I, like so many other Libertarian-Conservatives, am on the outside looking in. We have one party in America with two branches, Left-wing and Commie.
You can have any party you want so long as it’s Red
Which is why I’ll be staying home on election day, and why I invite others like me to do the same. There comes a time when a disaster is occurring when the best thing to do is to just stay the hell out of the way and let it happen. That time is now.
America is finished.