Yes it’s a good thing. Yes it’s a chance to lock in the gains on healthcare reform, perhaps a chance to move past some of the ridiculousness of tax policy. But three distinct caveats:
- War is bad. Drones are bad. Secretiveness in foreign policy is bad.
- Did Mitt Romney lose because of his ideas or because voters didn’t like him? He had already lost to John McCain four years ago and McCain is distinctly unlikeable. We elect people, not so much policies. John Kerry, Al Gore, Bob Dole, Michael Dukakis–all unlikeable. Bill Clinton, Barack Obama–wouldn’t you want to have them to dinner?
- Global warming? Hellooooooooo!!!!!
Pretty much exactly summed up:
“If things look grim in Afghanistan, they hardly look better in Iraq. And it’s terrible to think that this is the meaning of all those years of war, all that death and heartbreak. It’s even more terrible to wonder if that was the only meaning they ever could have had, though history will take longer to write that one. In a couple of years, probably faster, we’ll have vanished from places like Panjwai, as we’re gone today from Haditha and Mahmudiyah. And since we’re Americans, we’ll have soon moved on from the decade in Afghanistan just as we’re well on our way to forgetting about the nine years in Iraq—except for the Americans who fought, who have a harder time forgetting.”
Finally there comes an official end to the war in Iraq. In a way, to say the ends is way too late is to forget what a misbegotten waste the whole endeavor has been. .