Clinton's Illiberal Belligerence
Thank you for "Hillary Clinton's Illiberal Belligerence." However,
I must take serious issue with your characterization of her belligerence as
There is absolutely
NOTHING that has happened in or to this country or planet since Sept. 11, 2001
– particularly including the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the so-called
"war" against so-called "terrorism," or the creation of the Fatherland Security
State – that would or could have been possible without the eager and willing
enabling and abetting of the so-called "liberals," Democratic or otherwise.
not forgotten how the Democrats (including Clinton, Kerry, et al.) DEMANDED
the right to give Cheney permission to invade and occupy Iraq back in the summer
of 2002, so as not to be able to be called "soft on WMDs" by the Republicans
during the congressional elections that year.
Nor can you have
forgotten the undebated, unchallenged, and unchallengeable blank check that
not just Hillary but every liberal save one (the gracious and courageous lady
from Oakland, Rep. Barbara Lee) just days after 9/11 gave the Cheney White House
to do whatever it deemed is, was, or ever will be required or desired to wage
and win the New Crusade. Or how few, if any, bothered to even read, let alone
understand, before voting for the USA PATRIOT and Fatherland Security Acts in
the following weeks.
Nor need we limit
an examination of liberal belligerence to events ostensibly linked to 9/11.
I don't recall it being a conservative (neo- or otherwise) administration that
launched the full-scale American war in Vietnam in the '60s. And it certainly
was no liberal that ended it.
And it was no
conservative regime that choreographed the dismemberment of what used to be
Yugoslavia in the '90s. Or that, as you acknowledge, bombed the Sudan in 1998.
Or that killed 750,000 to 1 million Iraqis between 1993 to 2001 (mostly the
very young and the very old, particularly women) via treatable or preventable
diseases by carrying forth the sanctions initiated by Bush the Elder.
~ Jeffrey G. Moebus, master sergeant, U.S. Army (retired), Montara, Calif.
that title was not mine; it was chosen by the Antiwar.com editors.
Though I think
you go a bit too far at points, I mostly agree with your analysis.
Paul: Slings and Arrows, Left and Right
I like the new
photo – but is it of your kid brother? What is your secret of eternal youth?!
Love your articles,
and I read them here in remote Australia, where our neocon PM has just been
booted out of office and his House seat, too. Grand days! The Curse of the House
of Bush is working like a trick!
~ Brian McKinlay
I wholeheartedly approve of the new "Behind the Headlines" photo.
The old picture
had you looking back over your shoulder in a PATRIOT Act-esque, "watch
yer back" posture.
Now, you are looking
ahead to the future, one in which U.S. foreign policy is returned to its originally
stated function of upholding the Constitution and defense thereof, and the U.S.
is neither the world's policeman nor the world's problem (see Bush's recent
climate change conference).
You are looking
neither left nor right – again, very apropos of the political stance of
Antiwar.com and sane people everywhere. A few years from now, when the stature
of the United States of America has been restored and the people have their
rights to liberty restored, Antiwar.com will be regarded as instrumental in
keeping those fundamentally American ideals alive – and I love you guys
~ Brian Otten
(U.S. expat, Antiwar.com supporter
since 2001), London, England
Even before I
read your request to comment on the new photo, I was thinking of writing you
a note. I like it! You look dignified and healthy. I don't know if you're still
puffing on those cigarettes, but I hope you're taking good care of yourself.
The world is a better place with you in it.
I liked your comments
about Ron Paul's economic populism. I am a nonpartisan, pro-small government
liberal, and I tell people that the problem with big government is that it redistributes
wealth – from the many in the form of taxes to the politically connected few.
This corruption, in turn, distorts the efficiencies of a market economy and
harms the rest of us even further. Of course, when the biggest gravy train is
the military-industrial complex, it means there is a profit incentive to waging
war. You know all that, but that's how I explain it.
~ Wayne Grabert
Left Should Look Beyond Democrats
really, really wish that what you are saying were true, but sadly, it is not.
The antiwar "movement" is based chiefly in the left wing of the Democratic Party,
a wing that has limited influence over the "centrist" leadership of the party.
The rest is mainly based in the anti-interventionist wing of the libertarian
wing of the Republican Party. They are a politically tiny minority in their
own party with virtually no influence. The rest are independent people like
Naderites. Ideologically pure, politically impotent.
The American people
are knee-jerk pro-military, and apart from that, they just don't care about
war because it causes them no problems, and they really aren't paying attention.
If you don't "support the troops," then they'll turn on you in an instant. The
troops are their heroes. Ron Paul is amazing because he's gone from 1 percent
to 3 percent of the vote nationally, but he's not going to win any primaries
or elections. We are stuck with the Democrats because they are the only viable
political force we have.
~ Stephen Davis