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  •  From the title (14+ / 0-)

    I thought this was going to be about the GW presidential library.  

    Instead, it turned out to be about GW, the world's biggest living terrorist.  And someone, and an ideology--neoliberalism--which defies deep understanding.  

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:06:45 AM PDT

    •  Our political system snapped after 9/11 (19+ / 0-)

      We'll probably never know what political, religious, and intrafamily dynamics led the Tsarnaev brothers to consciously inflict mass carnage on total strangers who had never done them any harm.  The same goes for the perpetrators of Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tuscson, Va Tech, Columbine, and other domestic tragedies.  I won't even start trying to address the motivations of the 9/11 jihadists.

      What's arguably more troublesome, however, is the collective reactions of a group of educated and presumably intelligent people to that latter unspeakable tragedy.  One can argue the merits and demerits of invading Afghanistan and the conduct of the ensuing occupation.  The conscious collective decision to invade Iraq and the conduct of that ensuing occupation was as insane (and vastly more harmful) than any of the crimes I mentioned in the preceding paragraph.

      At this point, analyzing how much W's Oedipal issues, Cheney's malevolence, Big Oil's influence, and neocon insecurities led to the worst foreign policy decision in our history is, arguably, a futile exercise.  Analyzing why most Senate Dems (and too many House Dems) went enabled this psychosis is probably futile, too.  I'm not sure why there was a conscious bipartisan effort to whitewash that psychosis this week, nor can I comprehend why there is still an ongoing debate about attacking Iran, too.

      There are lots of things I don't understand anymore.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:38:19 AM PDT

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      •  massive, collective denial. (1+ / 0-)
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        and i know that a simplistic response/answer, but i do think there are many stuck in that phase of the grief cycle, one they only enlarged via their responses to the original tragedy that was 9/11/01.

        "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

        by kj in missouri on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 11:18:13 AM PDT

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      •  Those in power grabbed more. (1+ / 0-)
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        Those we elect to represent us only represent the people who fund their campaigns.  The balance is gone.  How do we take back the power they gave themselves and get the money out of politics.  It's simplistic and certainly doesn't solve everything, but would go a long way to getting back to some semblance of balance.  Just don't know how we exert our power.  Maybe start by remembering we have some.

        The GOP will try to destroy anyone who doesn't think like them or anything they can't own. Time to stop this childish crap.

        by AnnieR on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 02:16:56 PM PDT

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