While hopping around the left wing of the Blogosphere this morning, I stumbled across a link to this page. It’s an online petition for those who are against the war, promising to only support candidates who oppose the war.
Let’s look at their three points:
I pledge to only support candidates who:
1. Acknowledge that the U.S. was misled into the war in Iraq
2. Advocate for a responsible exit plan with a timeline
3. Support our troops at home and abroad
1. Before we do anything else, we all gotta agree that Bush lied (paraphrased from the weaselly use of the passive voice). Never mind the years of officials from all over the spectrum saying that Iraq had not complied with resolutions, the numerous foreign leaders who also said the same, the critical distinction between being wrong and being deliberately deceptive, and the actual discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq: the first thing we need to do is blame Bush. Once we all do that, we can all join hands, sing Kumbaya, and the world will be a peaceful, loving, happy, and just ginchy place.
2. Then, once we’ve all agreed that Bush is a big old doodyhead, we can tell the terrorists that if they just hang on long enough, we’ll take our ball and go home — and even tell them just how long they’ll have to hold out. And once that is done, they can go back to torturing and killing Iraqis and rebuild what they had in Afghanistan — a nation that they can use as a base to foment terrorism around the world. Only this time, it’ll be much better located, with easier access, AND big oil reserves.
3. Finally, we’ll have to overcome those poor, misguided idiots in our armed forces who foolishly support this war. They’ve just been brainwashed into believing what they’re doing, We need to pull them out of Iraq, where they’re defending the Iraqi people from terrorists and learning just what and doesn’t work against them (the argument of “Iraq as a training ground for terrorists” works both ways, and our military is far better at learning and retaining those lessons) and bring them home, where they can be retrained into being global police and social workers — which is just so less icky than their historic role as defending America and our interests by “killing people and breaking things.”
I said it before, and I’ll say it again: the best exit strategy is no exit strategy. And the only way to truly win a war is the model we established in World War II: unconditional surrender by the enemy, the utter destruction of the culture and government that led to the war, and THEN the rebuilding of the enemy into a form more compatible with the community of nations. It worked wonders in Japan and Germany, is coming along nicely in Afghanistan, and is showing good signs of working in Iraq.
But that doesn’t really matter much, as long as we can all get together and agree that President Bush is a big old doodyhead.