Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Which Elective War Was America’s Worst Mistake?

Here is today’s online poll question in the Peninsula Daily News:

“Continuing our 10th anniversary lookback at the start of the Iraq War, which one of these post-World War II conflicts do you think was the U.S.'s biggest mistake?”

(This poll is not scientific, because:  a) it’s not random; it reflects only the views of people who chose to take part in it; and b) a person can vote more than once.)

With 1,002 votes cast, the results are:

Vietnam — 50.7%

Iraq — 25.1%

Afghanistan — 10.1%

Central America — 2.0%

Korea — 1.7%

Other — 1.4%

None of Them — 9.0%

No, that last answer is NOT a typo.  Believe it or not, nine percent of these respondents actually think that all of our corporate-ordered foreign “adventures” were just hunky dory.  America is Number One!  Any of you swarthy third world tinpots got a problem with that?!?

Nine percent of these respondents will never EVER question anything their government does — except, of course, when there’s a Kenyan Muslim Socialist in the White House.

But there’s one other group that’s even more contemptible than the unquestioning all-obeying nine percent:  the people who agree in retrospect that the Iraqi invasion was wrong, and are simultaneously yelling “Stop Iran!  Invade Iran NOW before it’s too late!”


Anonymous Jess said...

Those that get all the hard ons about going to war need to experience it fist hand. I was having a discussion with a neo con, chickenhawk a while back, who was all for going anywhere to blow it up and when I said, well since you are so gung ho about this you are still able to enlist when are you going, I got as an answer "well I cannot leave my job otherwise I would go". Cowards sitting behind keyboards like commandos, are the worst of the worst. They don't mind sending someone else to do the dirty work but they don't wnat to ruin their Brooks Bros suits or brogues.

March 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


you hit the nail on the head here, most of the Conservatives of my generation 50+ including classmates of mine didn't become conservative until they found out they didn't have to go to Vietnam. The the heeded the Reagan clarion call.

Worse they have the nerve to be hawks - to expect the younger Generation to do what they would never do, and even accused Clinton of being a Draft Dodger!


March 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Central and South America are so low because most American's don't have a clue as to what went down there. I consider it our dirtiest secret.

We had more troop actions down there then all our other wars combined.


March 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's also been apparent that all the wars since Vietnam have been corporate wars, made to pad the corporate pocket more then some Democratic Ideals


March 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

We could also go with a Palinesque answer and say "all of them Katie"

March 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I agree these chickenhawks and keyboard commandos are the worst of the worst.

Erik: During the 1992 election, Dan Quayle (chickenhawk) was hounding Clinton endlessly about dodging the draft.

I think you're right about Central America being off the public's radar. We may not have had American troops fighting there, but from the 1950s through the '80s -- our rightwing "Freedom Fighters" in Nicaragua -- the U.S. government has masterminded one coup after another and caused countless thousands of deaths and "disappearances." It was all for corporate profits; "freedom" had nothing to do with it.

Jess: LOL.

March 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The Average South American can tell you that even before McKinley, the US had constantly butted in South and Central American Affairs (remember the Panama Canal under TR) sending troops to control Governments they didn't like etc.,


March 21, 2013 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: That's true, America's foreign military adventures go back at least to the early 1900s, especially Latin America and the Philippines.

March 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM  

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