posted by Tom Harper @ 11:50 AM
true. it can.and then, on the other hand...:}
I.M. Dedd: "On the other hand..." Who did you have in mind?
Very touching strip. A good comment on the disconnect between the country and the war.
J. Marquis: Yup, there sure is a disconnect.
When will the war end?Probably sooner than it would have, had the POTUS still had the House and Senate on his side. I think Bush was into a mindset of "endless war", for a number of reasons... some folks have been profiting from the war, the war helps to keep the world on track toward Armageddon (according to some peoples' interpretation of the Bible), and it portrays a "strict father" morality in the utmost sense (read George Lakoff's "Don't Think of an Elephant" for more on that!) One thing I would like to see, now that powers are being balanced, is for an end to war profiteering. I was always under the impression that war profiteering wasn't legal, or if it is legal, it isn't particulatly patriotic, in the sense of patriotism being when people don't just love their country enough to wave flags and get all emotional about it, but when they love it enough to do what is right. How convenient... the administration has used the Iraq War for giving out no-bid contracts to people, has made some people rich, and has allowed billions of dollars to go unaccounted. There will always be Armageddonists out there, and they can believe what they want to believe. If the GOP continues to melt down, the "end times" crowd may not have as much influence on our national policies. I would like to see the White House take less of a punitive attitude toward the rest of the world, and toward those who disagree with the administration's politics. I think it's time to stop viewing other nations as individuals, that is, like unruly teenagers who need to be punished, and look at other nations as groups of humans. This doesn't need we should get all "touchy-feely-huggy" in the way a lot of GOPpers like to characterize the left on foreign policy. I mean that I think we need to have a better idea of what we are dealing with when we get into situations, a better idea of the dynamics of situations, and a better idea of what we can do to help instead of hurt. We may hurt other nations sometimes, but that shouldn't be the first thing we think of doing. Bush admits he likes to act "from the gut", and he thinks God has chosen him to be president. I think that is a bad combination, and that a more careful examination of what we might be getting into BEFORE we get into it... would be a wiser approach.I think my question has gone from "Will the war end at all?" to "When will the war end?" And it looks as if Bush is being given some suggestions besides keeping the war going indefinitely. Will he listen?
Excellent post, Tom, then again that's usually the case. :-)
Snave: Well, I hope the war will end sooner than Bush had planned. But once you’re in a quagmire… Between the profiteers and the Armageddonists, they can keep it going forever. It's up to us.I’ve heard about George Lakoff’s books; I keep meaning to check them out.Ariadnek: Thanks. And Ditto.
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