Blames everyone else for Iraq: Last night, Lawrence O’Donnell kept pouring it on concerning the run-up to war with Iraq.
“It was hard being against the invasion of Iraq,” O’Donnell sadly intoned, perhaps conveying the impression that he had spoken out.
Lawrence ran through a long list of Hollywood actors who bravely resisted. For more than ten minutes, he kept playing tape of the various things they had said.
We kept wondering when Lawrence would play the tape of the various fiery things he said. But how weird! No such tape ever appeared!
That’s because Lawrence didn’t speak out. Though you may be getting a different impression from watching his program this week.
Go ahead—watch the whole segment. How many viewers noticed the fact that their fiery host didn’t account for himself?
That said, there has been a lot of flim-flam this week concerning the run-up to war in Iraq. Yesterday, in this editorial, the New York Times savaged the miscreants who misled us into that war.
But how odd! They never mentioned the Times itself or anybody else in the press! This morning, the Times published three letters about the run-up to war—and good lord! One of the letter mentions the fact that the Times itself failed to serve!
That said, we were most struck by the third of these letters. We liberals never tire of blaming average people when things go badly wrong:
LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES (3/21/13): I would propose a significant addition to both the apportionment of blame and the quantifying of costs for the tragic war in Iraq.We liberals never tire of this! According to this disgusted reader, we the people were “misinformed” and “wholesale duped” by “a deceptive administration.” But so what! We were “significantly” “responsible” all the same.
In the choice to go to war, the American people played the decisive role, with a clear majority in support.
Yes, we were manipulated and misinformed, but in the end responsible for capitulating to a deceptive administration.
On the cost side, the wholesale duping of our citizenry brought trust in government to historic lows and fueled the partisan divide that still haunts us today.
Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Technically, that is correct, of course. But people always base their decisions on their level of information. If people get misinformed and deceived, their decisions will often be bad.
This reader knows that the public got misinformed, but he wants to trash them/us anyhoo! This is one way our tribe tends to think.
This manner of thinking strikes us as empty, dumb, unpleasant. We're even inclined to say “bad.”