Misleading America

Much as I believe in the importance of “thinking peace,” I find myself increasingly thinking: nothing will ever change in this country because we are being led by a bunch of greedy loons — Republicans and Democrats, politicians and pundits — who have so rigged the system that no matter how awful they perform they never lose power or position.

The Iraq Fiasco has been a huge, never-ending showcase of our problem. Virtually all of the people who created the war are still in charge as President, legislators and opinion-makers; have never admitted to any fault or failings; and are now making statements and proposing solutions that have barely changed in four years of war, despite all of the evidence of wrong-headed thinking and criminal incompetence.

One of the best chroniclers of our problem has been “Salon’s” Glenn Greenwald, who has the patience and stomach to go through the records of various misleaders, making clear their histories of misstatement, miscalculation, and misdirection in stark and unambiguous terms. This morning he tracks the comments of Missouri’s war-mad Senator Kit Bond, who for four years has been assuring us that now we have a winning strategy and success is just around the corner. The whole piece is well worth a visit, but the final paragraphs nail it:

At its core, the history of the Iraq War has been authored by an indescribably deceitful and very intellectually limited political and media elite, perfectly symbolized by Kit Bond. These are people who spent four years hailing the Great Progress the Leader was making in Iraq, claiming we were “clearing and holding” neighborhoods of all the Terrorists, that Freedom was on the March, that anyone who questioned any of this was either brainwashed by the war-hating media or a Friend of The Terrorists.

And now, four years later, with the War plainly having been a failure, and their assurances all exposed as false, what are they doing? Hailing the Great Progress the Leader is making in Iraq, claiming we are “clearing and holding” neighborhoods of all the Terrorists, that Freedom is on the March, that anyone who questions any of this is either brainwashed by the war-hating media or a Friend of The Terrorists. Nothing ever changes. It just plods along with the same idiot slogans and the same people spouting them. And they do it with no shame, no acknowledgment of their own past behavior, and no loss of credibility.

Michael Sky