I realize these rhetorical then-and-now comparisons are getting very old, but I can't stop -- probably because I have so many enraged memories of the asinine braying of conservative pseudo-humanitarians back in the days of Mission Accomplished, when the knee-jerk response to any question about the missing WMDs was: Would you have left Saddam in power?
It takes a rare combination of stupidity, incompetence and bone-headed arrogance to make Saddam's murderous regime look benign by comparison. But that's what the American reign of error in Iraq has managed to accomplish. Instead of an end to terror, Bush and his merry band of neocolonialists have unleashed a terror without end.
Even if Shrub's motives were as virtuous as his hagiographers insist, at what point do recklessness and fecklessness, and a petulant refusal to admit -- much less learn from -- even the most disastrous mistakes, become forms of evil in themselves?
Well, we all know what the road to hell is paved with. But it looks as if this one is going to go there via Tehran.
This is the first I've heard that imperialistic, christofascist, capitalistic, monarchical, one-party world rule are good intentions!