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Looking at the news of the day the appearance of  Laura Ingraham on Fox has been a big deal.  Ingraham connected the Iraqi no fly zone, started by Bush Sr. and maintained by Bill Clinton, with the sorry state of modern Iraq... which presidential leapfrogging observation is notable to be sure.

But the Fox guests went even further in absolving Bush Jr. of blame in the matter.  They did not just ignore his role in invading Iraq and getting us stuck in a years-long bloody quagmire.  They ignored the fact that Bush Jr. is the one responsible for arranging the final withdrawal, which arrangement was overseen by President Obama.

Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, however, argued that Iraq was in shambles because President Barack Obama had pulled troops out of the country.

"The greatest failure of this president has been to recede from the scene, and chaos does ensue when the United States does not stand up to its allies, doesn't move swiftly when we had the chance to get Assad out of there," she insisted. "If we hadn't pulled out of Iraq, it might be stable now."

There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.  Ingraham see's the trouble in Iraq as a function of the Democratic president that preceded Bush Jr.   Rubin perceives the Iraqi difficulty as a function of the Democratic president that followed Bush Jr.   To be a mainstream conservative the blame for whatever occurs in Iraq can not be placed upon George Bush Jr., implausible as the justifications that shift blame from Bush Jr. may sound.

This is like conservatives refusing to acknowledge that the terrorist attacks on 09/11 happened under Bush Jr.  They point out that terrorism has happened under Obama, but pretend that Bush kept us safe.  Or they (laughably) start the clock to measure presidential effectiveness at citizen safety keeping on 09/12.   Conservatives refuse to see terrorism, including the deadliest terror attack in modern world history, if it happened while Bush was president, but harp on Obama for terrorist attacks that have cost a pittance of the loss of life under Bush Jr.

It is the modern day equivalent of one of Aesop's most famous fables:  6 blind men, each touching a different part of the elephant and  describing the wrong thing.  The main difference between the modern conservative and Aesop's fable are that the blind men of Aesop's time were actually blind, where todays conservative is just willfully obtuse.  "When I consider Iraq it is plainly Clinton's fault." "When I look at Iraq it is clearly the fault of President Obama."

They only appear to be blind because they refuse to acknowledge the obvious.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    I am the neo-con nightmare, I am a liberal with the facts.

    by bhfrik on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 01:07:02 AM PDT

  •  Cross pollenated from (1+ / 0-)
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    a gilas girl

    I am the neo-con nightmare, I am a liberal with the facts.

    by bhfrik on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 01:22:18 AM PDT

  •  Remember "unpersons"? (6+ / 0-)

    W has been erased from memory. Nothing could have happened in his administration, according to Republican logic, because he never existed.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 01:47:43 AM PDT

  •  It does seem strange that people who rely (5+ / 0-)

    on their superficial optics often see wrongly. But, that's because "appearances are deceiving." The problem, however, is the inability to distinguish between coincidence, consequence and cause and effect. I think it's because the connective function is missing. Imagine an equation made up of 'A' 'B' and 'C' wherein the functions signs (+,-,x) are unknown or not perceived as even existing. Not even the sequence is fixed. In truth, it isn't even an equation, but a person not aware of the missing functions wouldn't know that. In a sense, "it is the maths." Perhaps the missing connectivity accounts for the fixation on accumulation. Accumulation and hoarding are not accounting functions. They are very primitive behaviors that bees and various rodents, among others, engage in. We call humans accumulating dollars "creating wealth," but that's a misnomer. Dollars are tokens or sign-posts. When people accumulate street signs in the garage, we call that a crime. We should do the same for the accumulation of cash. Just as street signs are meant to be seen in public, dollars are meant to be spent.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 02:30:29 AM PDT

    •  The connective function is missing (4+ / 0-)
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      bygorry, Gooserock, a2nite, bhfrik

      because the connective function requires critical thinking and that skill is no longer practiced or even sought.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 04:28:14 AM PDT

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      •  It Depends on Doubt Which is Lethal to Faith (2+ / 0-)
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        a2nite, bhfrik

        and faith is indispensable.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 05:31:31 AM PDT

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      •  Having endeavored for some fifty-five years (2+ / 0-)
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        bhfrik, myboo

        to encourage, promote, model critical thinking in my female parent, I have concluded that the connective function cannot be installed where the proper synapses are missing. It's probably a frontal or pre-frontal lobe problem. As researchers manage to trace the functional regions of the brain, we may discover more particularly the source. It may be connected to sequential memory or the absence of an internal clock. Our computers have internal clocks. They run on long-lasting batteries. Only if one has a computer for a very long time and the battery wears out does it become apparent how important the time-keeping function is.
        We know that the sense of time is variable in people. We conclude they are disorganized. Are they disorganized because they have no sense of time? If so, can a sense of time be learned? I don't think so. It's like a sense of direction. The GPS was invented to compensate for that.

        Endemic sensory deprivation is what I suspect we are dealing with.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 05:35:41 AM PDT

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  •  They're Philosophically Blind to It nt (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, bhfrik

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 05:30:13 AM PDT

  •  How about the BUSH Sr appointed .... (0+ / 0-)

    C@#% Ambassador, housewife of some idiot fatcat donor, who told Saddam.... "Sure, invade Kuwait, we don't care."

    That got us involved hard core.

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