The grandfather of conservative pundits, William F. Buckley, has left which probably isn't a surprise to older folks who remember old school conservatives who showed some respect for facts and didn't instead rely on intimidation, manufactured evidence, and buying exclusive access to the media megaphone.
Remarkably, this contains Richard Perle, one of the top spokesmen for the neocon foreign policy even before Bush was president and an aggressive salesman for the Iraq War.
Some are now saying the sort of half criticisms Democrats were saying in the 2004 election: If we had done it differently it could have worked. But I'm not sure how you can kill a lot of people, build bases to occupy their country for decades, take their oil at gunpoint, and then make then say thank you.
You would think this is the kind of thing that would make it safe for Democrats to oppose the war, but they are still leaving it to a handful like John Murtha or John Conyers who go out on a limb only for the rest of the Democrats to either condemn them as speaking only for themselves, or more likely just leave them twisting in the wind alone.
We need an opposition party that actually opposes.
This is short but worth a glance.
9 March 2006 08:42
NeoCon allies desert Bush over Iraq
These are the right-wing intellectuals who demanded George Bush invade Iraq. Now they admit they got it wrong. Are you listening, Mr President?
Published: 09 March 2006
William Buckley Jnr
INFLUENTIAL CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST AND TV PUNDIT
'One can't doubt the objective in Iraq has failed ... Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an army of 130,000 Americans. Different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.'
AUTHOR AND LONG-TERM ADVOCATE OF TOPPLING SADDAM
'By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, a training ground and an operational base for jihadists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at.'
ARCH-WARMONGER AND PIVOTAL REPUBLICAN HAWK
'The military campaign and its political aftermath were both passionately debated within the Bush administration. It got the war right and the aftermath wrong We should have understood that we needed Iraqi partners.'
PROMINENT COMMENTATOR AND INFLUENTIAL BLOGGER
'The world has learnt a tough lesson, and it has been a lot tougher for those tens of thousands of dead, innocent Iraqis ... than for a few humiliated pundits. The correct response is not more spin but a sense of shame and sorrow.'
RIGHT-WING COLUMNIST ON 'THE WASHINGTON POST' AND TV PUNDIT
'Almost three years after the invasion, it is still not certain whether, or in what sense, Iraq is a nation. And after two elections and a referendum on the constitution, Iraq barely has a government.'
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