In wars people become brutalized and brutalize others. And not all of them die, of course. Some come home, our beloved heroes home at last, with all that expensive training and all these readily available American guns. They tortured and raped and murdered and now they're coming back home to your neighborhood, where everyone has forgotten about Iraq and there are no jobs and not enough social services.
Why did we invade Iraq, again? Why was the left called traitors for denouncing the American invasion of a foreign country? Why did we spend so much money, kill and displace so many people, destroy an ancient civilization that could have given us so much information about our common past? Let's ask the eminence grise of conservative intellectual thought, the best-selling author and enormously influential thinker, the frequent guest of Glenn Beck, Jonah Goldberg.
So how does all this, or the humble attempt at a history lesson of my last column, justify tearing down the Baghdad regime? Well, I've long been an admirer of, if not a full-fledged subscriber to, what I call the "Ledeen Doctrine." I'm not sure my friend Michael Ledeen will thank me for ascribing authorship to him and he may have only been semi-serious when he crafted it, but here is the bedrock tenet of the Ledeen Doctrine in more or less his own words: "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." That's at least how I remember Michael phrasing it at a speech at the American Enterprise Institute about a decade ago (Ledeen is one of the most entertaining public speakers I've ever heard, by the way).All of you on the right who voted for Bush: You have no ideas. Your advice is useless. You were wrong, over and over and over. We are ashamed of you and of ourselves, but mostly you. Shut up and go away.
The 'Ledeen Doctrine' is disgusting. The idea that people like Goldberg and Beck can sit around and joke about things like this just sickens me.
As Thers wrote recently:
"Anyhow it's good to remember now and again that while Jonah Goldberg sometimes comes across as a hilarious doofus, he really is at bottom a horrible little shit."
Ledeen is an entertaining speaker? He should be pelted with rotten things every time he opens his foul mouth. Not that he'd notice; people like him give sewers and swamps a bad name.
The "New American Century" sponsors thought they could establish a secure US Military presence in Iraq without any trouble, and thereby control most of the World's oil production: then the USA would really "Rule the World".
They were certain the Iraqi's would welcome their liberators (the US army) with kisses, candy and flowers. They did not plan for any other scenario, and were unable to comprehend or adapt to the actual situation.
Convinced of the power of the mighty US Military,they still thought we could subdue the Iraqi's with our "Shock & Awe" tactics. When that didn't work, our leaders probably decided to emulate Saddam's tactics: torture, rape, violent repression and terrorization of the whole Iraqi country.
That didn't work either, so, in the tradition of obtuse and demented people, they increased the military (bombings) and the torture policy.
At least, that is my somewhat simplistic opiniion.
And in the end, they got what they wanted. The oil fields are open to foreigners now, just as Cheney wanted.
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