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I'm so wasted, man... [Feb. 15th, 2007|07:52 am]
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Obama apologizes for saying Iraq war casualties were 'wasted.'

Now of course, if a guy dies in combat, there's a certain nobility in the act. He put himself in harm's way for his country, and paid the ultimate price. To belittle that sacrifice would be wrong.

But that's not what Obama did -- he just said that those deaths were wasted. They were -- they served no useful purpose, and they shouldn't have happened. The fact is, everyone who died in the Iraq war, every dollar spent, or stolen, every piece of equipment blown up, has been a waste. All that incredibly selfless sacrifice by the soldiers in the field? Wasted. The war was a mistake, it has served no useful purpose, it has harmed our county in long-lasting ways, it has made us less secure.

But maybe 'waste' is the wrong word. Like if you chop too many onions for a recipe, and just put the extra down the disposal, that's a waste. The Iraq war is more like you buy a ten pound sack of onions, and stand at the sink with a wooden spoon and force the onions down the drain whole, one at a time, thinking somehow you're making your kitchen safe for onions.

The Iraq war is beyond being a waste -- it's the expression of a deep pathology in our government. It is a willingness to squander vast resources, human and material, on a project that from the beginning, everyone should have known was going to end badly.

I knew it was a mistake, the millions of people who demonstrated against the war before the invasion knew it was a mistake, and we're just schmucks who read the papers. Bush and Cheney had all the resources of the US Government at their disposal, and they should have known it was a stupid idea. Yet they went ahead.

It isn't simply a waste. It is a completely fucking mental clusterfuck. It is a criminal act.
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From: michaelallroy
2007-02-16 02:18 am (UTC)

But maybe 'waste' is the wrong word. Like if you chop too many onions for a recipe, and just put the extra down the disposal, that's a waste. The Iraq war is more like you buy a ten pound sack of onions, and stand at the sink with a wooden spoon and force the onions down the drain whole, one at a time, thinking somehow you're making your kitchen safe for onions.

that was awesome.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2007-02-20 02:52 pm (UTC)
Obama's going to have to be ready for this kind of semantic hyperventilating or else he's going to be the Howard Dean of '08.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2007-02-20 03:56 pm (UTC)
To his credit, as soon as he said it, he knew it didn't sound right and immediately apologized.

Dean's problem isn't that he isn't right on the issues, or that he doesn't have good judgement. His problem is that he doesn't sugar coat the things he says, giving the right wing wankitocracy plenty to take out of context and flog as though it is important.

Obama is a player. He's got his heart and his head in the right place, and an appreciation of how to use language to say what he wants to say without sticking his foot in his mouth. He's really a fascinating character to watch -- he has made plenty of mistakes in his political career, but he only makes each mistake once. He's also quick to acknowledge and fix his mistakes.

Unlike a certain Texan in the White House, who A) has terrible judgement B) has trouble admitting mistakes and C) thinks that holding the office means people should believe him no matter what bullshit he's spouting. Our current president is a worldwide laughing stock who has no credibility or goodwill left, except among delusional conservative trying to keep the dream alive.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2007-02-20 04:02 pm (UTC)
Dean's problem isn't that he isn't right on the issues, or that he doesn't have good judgement. His problem is that he doesn't sugar coat the things he says, giving the right wing wankitocracy plenty to take out of context and flog as though it is important.

Yea, that's all I was saying really.
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