Between the Lines

Neocon Nightmare

I have a recurring nightmare in which the war criminals who lied us into Iraq reappear to mock the hundreds of thousands they murdered in cold blood, repeating the same lies, the same rationalizations, the same mindless slogans that lured us into that hellhole to begin with.  Bill Kristol, the Kagan clan, the Israel Firsters, and their frontmen in government and the media rise up, shrieking their war cry: “Invade, invade, invade Iraq!”  Shock and awe, weapons of mass destruction—it’s 2003 all over again.

I wake up in a cold sweat.  Thank God, I think; it is only a dream.

Except it isn’t.

As ISIS—the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham—advances on Baghdad, the neocons are on the march once again.  Kristol and his fellow laptop bombardiers are demanding that we send the troops back in, and John McCain is bellowing that failure to do so amounts to a “betrayal.”  Dick Cheney and his daughter are in the War Street Journal denouncing the President for his “foreign policy of weakness,” and Obama is contemplating air strikes while declaring that the duly elected prime minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, must step down before we intervene.

The Iraqi “army”—on which we’ve spent billions—has collapsed faster than the French in 1940, throwing their uniforms by the side of the road as they...

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