January 6th, 2007


(no subject)

That the failed war is the Iraqis’ fault has become a leading neoconservative excuse. On Nov. 3, Paul Mirgenoff of the Powerline blog blamed the Iraqis for electing the wrong prime minister - "The Iraqis voted in the Shia-militia-friendly Maliki government, thereby making it difficult, if not impossible, for the U.S. to work with the current government to curb sectarian violence." But in April, Mirgenoff lavished the Iraqis with praise for that very choice, with his "acknowledgement that the selection of Jawad al-Maliki to be Iraq’s prime minister is good news" because Iraqis were "resisting Iranian pressure to back Ibrahim al-Jafari" and thus "stood up for a unified Iraq."

This is common practice in the world of punditry: most war advocates continue to parade around as foreign-policy experts even though, with the rarest exception — an Andrew Sullivan here or there — virtually none has acknowledged his error.


I don't know why I bother posting this stuff. It doesn't help. It doesn't change anyone's mind. And it will absolutely not stir anyone into any kind of useful action.

I suppose that, as is true with the rest of this LJ, I post it simply because I enjoy the sound of my own keystrokes. And because I enjoy shouting at the moon.