Two More. Topic: Iraq

From Holden:

A new post from River Bend:

The weapons never existed. It’s like having a loved one sentenced to death for a crime they didn’t commit- having your country burned and bombed beyond recognition, almost. Then, after two years of grieving for the lost people, and mourning the lost sovereignty, we’re told we were innocent of harboring those weapons. We were never a threat to America…

Congratulations Bush- we are a threat now.

And from Juan Cole, a clear-eyed look at Bush’s mandate.

Bush should have been elected, as a war president, with a big margin. He wasn’t. He barely got back in. The American public is just not going to put up with this World War IV nonsense that the Neocons keep putting out. If Bush doesn’t find a way to resolve the Iraq mess, and if he is so foolhardy as to pursue direct confrontation with Syria and Iran that proves just as disastrous, he may well turn the US public decisively against the Republican Party for decades, as the party of adventure, war and ruin.

Benjamin Franklin said in the 1758 edn. of Poor Richard’s that “Experience keeps a dear School, but Fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.” What he didn’t envisage was a pupil at the helm of state who would scarcely even learn in the hard school (or perhaps not even that). When your helmsman won’t correct course, you as passenger are in big trouble. That is where the US now stands.