How Not to Think and Speak

John Boehner, GOP House Minority Leader, explains to Wolf Blitzer why it’s worth occupying Iraq indefinitely:

We need to continue our effort here because, Wolf, long term, the investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here, if we’re able to stabilize the Middle East, it’s not only going to be a small price for the near future, but think about the future for our kids and their kids.

God forbid we look at the likelihood of success, or the likelihood that al Qaeda stays in Iraq if we leave, or the view of every intelligence and foreign policy professional that the invasion has made us less safe. Nope, let’s just stay there forever, on pure wishful thinking.

This isn’t conservatism. This isn’t strategic thought.

As Greg Sargent puts it, this is characteristic of many occupation-supporting politicians and commentators, who: “(a) Describe the very real sacrifice being made by others as not being such a big deal …while simultaneously… (b) Describing the sacrifice others are making as their own.”


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