Washington Post Tuesday, June 29
Congress will debate its divisions over U.S. policy on Afghanistan…
Oh, that. Been there, did that. War always wins. Apparently war is what America is all about. I’m reminded of the two speeches given by the late Robert Byrd warning America about the idiocy of the Bush War on Iraq in 2002 and again in 2003. He spoke brilliantly and passionately on the clear and present dangers of heading off to yet one more foreign military incursion but his wisdom fell on deaf ears.
What is it about this nation that starting wars is so damned easy, but ending them drags on forever? Didn’t we learn anything from that terrible Vietnam mistake some 50 years ago? Why haven’t we heeded the lessons written in history books about the folly of war-making and its terrible, concomitant pain, death and loss of treasure?
Is war-making a vicarious extension of male machismo? I think it has become just that. And further, with this nation’s obsession with professional sports, perhaps that war machismo has blended with sport machismo with the result that our military has become Team USA- kicking butts for our entertainment- just like one of those violent video games that seem to consume young American males.
Yet, war-making and war-ending decisions are most often made by more mature men [and women] in our halls of Congress. These men and women did not grow up playing those addictive, violent video games, but nonetheless, the warmonger mentality still strongly prevails in that legislative body.
February 20, 2003 SENATOR ROBERT BYRD – “To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war.
Yet, this Chamber is, for the most part, silent — ominously, dreadfully silent. There is no debate, no discussion, no attempt to lay out for the nation the pros and cons of this particular war. There is nothing.”
UptheFlag chided me in a comment yesterday and wondered just exactly to whom I referred with my pejorative word, “sheeple.”
Those who cheered on the George W. Bush war on Iraq are stunning examples of that herd mentality to which I refer to as sheeple- easily swayed by the bark of a dog.These sheeple are lazy asses as well, too lazy to dig for the facts and ferret out the truth. They rely on ‘others’ to do that for them and, as such, fall prey to professional propagandists– and there were many of these professional propagandists busy at work softening up the public for George W. Bush prior to Shock and Awe.
Lazy sheeple allowing themselves to be led to slaughter believing that slaughter was a good thing! The ignorance creeping through this nation is maddening. And when a bimbo-light such as Sarah Palin can be considered presidential material by millions of Americans, then this toxic, creeping communal ignorance will surely signal the end of the greatness that once was this nation.