Warning: I am holding back my real feelings in this essay. You may wish to read between the lines to imagine what I really think.
Two such editorials can be found here and here.
I have reread these things and I have gone from merely annoyed to actually quite annoyed, even outraged at their no doubt sincere, corrupt beliefs. Their views lower my opinion of this country which was already low enough, believe me, and makes me wonder if one should even care. The Republicans through their insanity either have or will destroy the country. Depends, I suppose, on your point of view.
And now we are associated historically with the sewer that is Iraq. Before our intervention we had plausible deniability for that train wreck. Now we don't. And I am not even going to the issue of the Sunni/Shiite power struggle with Shiite Iran right next door. Jesus, didn't these people read even one book about the history of the region before they started this little intervention?
There are very serious issues with the Republican failure to see what a disaster Bush was. It may mean the destruction of the Republican party (which would be a good thing) or it may mean that we are so polarized as a nation that we can not govern ourselves, which is the current state of affairs.
1. Afghanistan was and is a nightmare, and one that, contrary to popular belief, we did not have that much to do with creating. After 911, and the Taliban's refusal to act on Bin Laden and his organization, no administration could have survived that did not act. On that point at least the Bush administration did not fuck up. Thereafter, in their management of the conflict, things are less clear.