A little good news for a change.
Oh I know -- they all should be leaving. And we're probably aiming to leave tens of thousands of spooks and contractors, but somehow I think the Iraqis can deal with them. Other countries do. And we owe reparations for trashing Iraqi society that we'll never pay. But this is good news, a right path taken where the U.S. has been doing wrong for eight long years.
Bill Keller, former oped writer and later executive editor at the New York Times has a wordy and self-serving pseudo-apology in today's paper for his enthusiasm for the Bush Administration's excellent Iraq adventure. He still doesn't admit that there were lots of people around who, if the Times had looked beyond official sources, could have told him that there were no weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein presented no threat to the United States. Maybe they were always going to brush off an individual like former weapons inspector Scott Ritter who worked diligently to try to get their attention. But Keller and Co. might have attended to the eminent Swedish diplomat Hans Blix in charge of the United Nations inspection agency. And then there were dissenters in the U.S. military like Army General Eric Shinseki. But no -- even Keller admits he and his other "liberal hawk" buddies were "a little drugged by testosterone." Too bad for Iraqis ...
An article by a former Republican Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren, "Goodbye to all that: reflections of a GOP operative who left the cult," is getting a lot of play around the blogosphere today. It's a scary picture of a political party so mad with power lust that it is willing to tear down our democracy while defending the super rich. One of Lofgren's core observations is getting a lot less play than other parts, but it is totally relevant to the aggressive war on Iraq. He is very aware of how war profiteering drives a lot of Washington's military obsessions. But he wants us to understand that there's more:
The future he foresees here -- a broken United States financially and spiritually -- may look better for much of the world than what we've lately lived. But the citizens of this country have to understand that it won't be a smooth ride on the way to bankruptcy. How low we go and how badly our rulers will behave will be determined to some extent by the strength of whatever political movements can be built for democracy, against militarism, and for international equity. Yes, we still need a peace movement, even when it seems as if no one is listening.
Cross posted at Can It Happen Here?
The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the entire War Times project
Jan Adams has worked with WarTimes/Tiempo de Guerras since its beginning, coordinating distribution during the three years when the organization published an antiwar tabloid newspaper. She is a lifelong political activist who has worked for justice in Central America (Nicaragua and El Salvador), in South Africa, in the fields of California with the United Farmworkers Union, and for racial and economic equality with electoral and advocacy campaigns in many areas of the United States.
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