Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To Praise Rachel Maddow

I come to praise Rachel Maddow.

Watched her show last night (5/18/15) in which she took up attempts by the likes of Rubio and Jeb Bush to deal with — as in flub, doubletalk, and prevaricate about — our invasion of Iraq, which most everyone, even downright Republicans, know to be a disaster.

As for the responsibility for this disaster, Maddow won't give an inch.

It wasn't about faulty intelligence, she argues, correctly, no error of the CIA. She puts it back on how fervently this bunch (GW, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Condi, Wolfowitz) wanted this war, lusted for it and would twist or contort any intelligence to feed that lust.

Why do I care? Why do I care so much?

It's not just about placing blame, though blame should be placed, as it has not been squarely enough.

It's about the future.

There were 28 years between the end of the war in Vietnam and the invasion of Iraq.

That was that pause — the so-called "syndrome" — post Vietnam. The syndrome gave way to the unspeakable hubris of Iraq.

Nowadays, all things — syndromes, pauses — are speeded up. I fear we are ready for the next colossal misadventure.

I admit that for me Westmoreland and Cheney are entirely conflated. Can't tell one from the other, much. Call it a kind of '60s dementia but they do look talk and act the same for me.

They conflate to the worst about the United States, the hubris and stupidity. As I've said before, GW had never heard of such a thing as a Sunni/Shite split, in the Muslim world. Can you imagine? And yet GW and his cohorts walk the earth, paint pictures, and makes speeches.

I'm not anti-American. I think the American military does good things on earth, often by just being there and doing nothing. (It keeps Taiwan sovereign, for instance.)

I just don't want another Vietnam or invasion of Iraq. It tortures me — brings me back to my all-consuming hatred of the Vietnam war — to think such a thing is not unlikely.

Then there is Rachel Maddow.

We didn't have the likes of her then. We have her now and I'm glad for her.


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