The Behind the Headlines feature at antiwar.com
today is titled "The Democrats Are Just As Bad"
Justin Raimondo has some harsh words for Democrats and Kos himself regarding his now infamous post on The War Pragmatists.
more in extended...
So Markos Moulitsas Zúniga grew up in a country at war - so what? If he liked it so much, why doesn't he go back there?
Yeah, he served in the Army - the same Army that trained and equipped the death squads that tortured his own people, in an illegal war that was run by some of the same neocons who are now turning Iraq into a pile of bloodstained rubble. Is it really necessary to point this out?
Spare me the "war pragmatism" of Señor Zúniga. He supported the rape of Yugoslavia - a country that had never attacked us, represented no threat to us, and that we bombed without bothering to go to the UN. The very same people who swallowed the war propaganda of the Clintonites - all of it subsequently exposed as grotesque lies - are now howling that they were bamboozled into war by the Bushies. Well, isn't that just too f*cking bad?! These people can dish it out, but they sure can't take it.
and he takes on unprincipled Democratic opposition to the Iraq war
The Democratic opponents of the Iraq war are, all too often, motivated more by hatred of Bush and the Republicans than by any real, substantive position against an aggressive and immoral foreign policy. Not that hatred doesn't have its uses: but as long as their stance is confined to opposing only Republican wars, the willingness and ability of the Democrats to oppose this war effectively is severely limited. "War pragmatism" will not stop the war, nor is it very practical. As long as the debate is carried on in purely partisan terms, the American people will tune it out - because there will be no debate, only a tired reiteration of "talking points" that don't diverge in terms of fundamentals.
While the title, "Democrats are Just as Bad", is absurd and I disagree with some of his conclusions, I think its an important read.
Sure there are huge gulfs of disagreement between any Democrat and Raimondo. But one thing he has going for him is PRINCIPLED opposition to this war
As he suggests that is also our ticket to victory. Not pacifism but .. "principled opposition to interventionism" and "skepticism in the face of Republican hubris and the neocons' overweening arrogance: these are the keys to a Democratic victory."