"Any kind of moral and intellectual confusion about who and what is right or wrong can severely weaken the ability of free societies to persevere."In other words, democracies exist when you all nod your heads and do what your leaders tell you to do.
I'm beyond thinking any of the decision-makers in the Bush White House are liars necessarily. At this point I just think they're delusional, which is clearly worse. If they were just lying one could hope they're doing some things right, while trying to cover up all the bad things. But if they're delusional, well, then they don't even realize how badly they're fucking things up, and they keep on the same path. That's where I think things are at.
Why are they delusional? They truly believe they can remake things, and change the future of the world. The problem is they made enormous mistakes along the way, and now have to deal with the consequences of their actions. This is very difficult to take for people who believe they themselves are never wrong. It's the biggest part of this problem: They don't believe they make mistakes, but if they did, they start to believe something else.
In this case, the something else is the bigger picture of "global terrorism." Even though mistakes have been made, which they reluctantly acknowledge (hence why you know it's true), they can fix the bigger issue, so they think. Which begs the question, "Why should we trust you to fix it when you're the ones who broke it in the first place?" Okay, so they didn't create 9/11...at least not directly, but more so than Democrats I could argue. But we're talking about the current problem, which has nothing to do with 9/11. Well, at least it didn't when this started. They've now made it part of 9/11 having invited Al Qaeda to Iraq, etc. But I'm talking just Iraq, Iran, and the shit storm that has ensued: not 9/11 (I feel dirty even mentioning 9/11 because somehow that could lend credence to the idiots who attach the two).
The reason people like Rumsfeld, Cheney, Feith, and others can't come to terms with this is because of the opportunity that's presented. The President always says, "We have an opportunity..." He must hear that often.
Even though things are disastrous, if they were to fix the problems then they would get all of the credit for overcoming the greatest issue of this generation. That's an opportunity they cannot pass up! Yes, they messed up, but they see a chance to be great. Pulling out would end what they started, and in essence that would end their dream of being credited for having done great things. Therefore, they want us to stay! They dream at night of a democracy in the Middle East, formed by themselves. It seemed like a possibility 5 years ago, and who knows, it may have been, but that's gone, and they cannot accept this. They just want us to stay because they still have the same dreams...which gets us back to the delusions.
All they want is the credit. Even if pulling out resulted in something better, they would not get the credit. That's the problem. It's more a political battle here at home, and for the future, then it is anything else. Troops can die, Iraqis can die, it doesn't matter. They want the dream to be reality under their watch. Even if a Democrat came into office right now, and agreed to stay in Iraq for as long as it takes, they'd support the Democracy because it would be themselves who started the conflict, and Bush who would get the credit.
I am 100% certain they want the credit more than anything. I know this because of the way conservatives treated President Clinton. When he was winding down his days in office he was constantly engaged in the Israel/Arab conflct. He spent all of his hours trying to flesh out a compromise. Inevitably it failed, but like Carter before him, he was working tirelessly to find a solution. Conservatives would claim he was "trying to remake his legacy..." What? Are you kidding? That's what he was doing? Wrong. Only a selfish piece of shit would view the world like that, and of course, now they're in control. Knowing they believed that of Clinton then I can only believe they act like that on their own.
Again, why would anyone think the people who caused this problem can fix it? They've proven time and time again their incompetence. Even if it's a different set of Republicans, fine, but these people have brought everyone nothing short of disaster.
Rumsfeld also said this:
"President Bush remains the same man who stood atop the rubble of Lower Manhattan, with a bullhorn, vowing to fight back."He sure does.