As the Neocons continue to tell the rest of us what should be done in Iraq- the very same place they repeatedly lied to America about in order to foment war in the most incendiary region on Earth, I know that I am not alone in feeling the outrage. To see these very same people that started a war with little planning or forethought, above the objections of the left that we may cause a bigger problem than we hope to solve, now having the temerity to give President Obama advice on what to do now they did indeed cause a bigger problem than the (non-existent) one they hoped to solve, has been pull-out-your-hair maddening.
Sure, the big names have been out there, the John McCains, the Dick Cheneys, the Lindsey Grahams, but even the lesser-known Neocons, like Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, and Paul Bremer have entered back into the MSM over the past couple of weeks. It was even audacious enough to rouse the PoliticalBlogtobeNamedLater from hibernation!
The incredible chutzpah and gall of the above, though, is not actually the main point of my re-introductory post. Those are just a particularly apalling example of a larger problem, which is the complete and total lack of accountability that we seem to have in this country for political figures who are demonstrably wrong or ineffective. No matter how many times these guys are wrong, they never lose any credibility, and they just keep coming back like zombies any time someone even sneezes in the Middle East. Not even actually having eight disastrous years to implement their disastrous policies to disastrous consequences can discredit these guys!
Sure, in this case, we’re talking about the Iraq war, an obvious fiasco that was both implemented for evil reasons- not caring about the needless suffering of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and over 4,000 American troops who lost their lives in that Middle Eastern tinder box, and executed as if the entire invasion and post-invasion occupation were being run by a congress of baboons in the situation room.
In 20, 30 years, though, I pretty much GUARANTEE that us liberals will be having this EXACT conversation about climate change (bet you didn’t see that coming, did you?)
In 30 years, when I have to swim out the door or my Boston-area home to the only place that still has working electronics, possibly at the Top of the Hub restaurant at Prudential Center, we will be watching many of the same discredited morons (or their political heirs) who told us things like “cow farts” are the real cause of global warming, we’re actually in a global cooling pattern, any change is just because the sun goes through warmer and colder cycles, and the always hilarious (in that way that the end of human civilization as we know it is hilarious) gem, “It’s cold/snowy today, therefore global warming is false”.
What we liberals must do, as the first effects of climate change are just now becoming very obvious, is catalog and remember each and every one of these deniers. They must not be allowed to get away with brazenly lying to the world in their own self-interest again.
In all seriousness, 60 years from now, when the house I just bought in Boston a year ago is under water, when cities like Miami, Los Angeles, and and New Orleans are distant memories, it is IMPERATIVE that us liberals who were here to watch the deniers deny, delay, and lie until it was too late not let anyone forget who was right on this issue, and who was wrong. Who fought for their preferred special interest patrons (EXXON, Koch Enterprise, Chevron- I’m looking at you) and who fought for the futures of our children, grand children, and great grand children.
But, based on how we’re holding people accountable for a disastrous war that was started almost exclusively by one wing of one party little more that a decade ago, I’m willing to bet it won’t happen, and instead we’ll be treated to today’s deniers telling us they were screaming from the rooftops about the dangers of climate change, but President Obama “refused to lead”.