The vast majority of Americans never had to sacrifice a thing for Bush’s wars. Opposing it was to oppose Bush, anti-war was just a political abstraction. There was mass slaughter of Iraqis — and American journalists died, as well, in Bush’s Iraq war. Still we called on him to just end it. Not this time around, though. Where’s the anti-war principle? Where are the anti-war values? Where did those voices go?
Does the name Michael Kelly mean anything to anyone? Steven Vincent? What about Terence Lloyd? Paul Douglas? Or even José Couso? Look these journalists’ names up sometime.
The vast majority of Democrats who opposed Bush’s folly will sacrifice even less now that they’ve shed their political nemesis and are free to cheer war on like proper patriots under their leader of choice.
In the face of the relative quiet against this administration’s warring in Iraq, ‘antiwar’ seems now like a game some played against Bush. Most of the anti-war sentiment is drowned out with shallow appeals to support this Democratic president in one ‘humanitarian’ exercise of our military after the next.