You know, I frequent many places on the Web, and read opinions that span the entire political spectrum. I read the World Socialist Website (take your pyramid hat if you go), Daily Kos, and the Democratic Underground (who booted me from the forums so fast you wouldn't flipping believe it) about as often as I read the Right Wing News, the Free Republic (who also booted me like I was a virus), and National Review Online. I also like the Mighty Middle, and a couple of others. I even--gasp--read Newsmax, but that requires special protective gear that makes my balls sweat, so I don't do it very often.
But it's the right side of the sphere that is carefully priming their readership for the excuses that will be deployed when troops are withdrawn from Iraq. We hear that the goals set for Iraq were...unlikely to be reachable, and that we will likely end up with an Islamic Republic. Assuming they can get the Constitution written, having missed the US imposed deadline, and given their seeming unwillingness to let the premier Democracy in the world guide them on its writing. Hell, even the world's most gifted military genius, Donald Rumsfeld (this Rowan Scarborough taking sycophancy to its completely insane conclusion), continues to equivocate here, then here, and had to listen to the Iraqi Prime Minister ask us to leave.
What's to blame, you ask? Well, we are. You got it, dear readers, all of us who lack the moral courage to feed our troops into the grinder to "make their sacrifice mean something", and the press that puts a microphone in our faces and broadcasts our denigration of the troops (though I lack the mental acuity to make the leap that "Bring them Home"=denigration) into their frigging tents in Iraq. We, the opposition to the War in Iraq and the press, have fucked up this war for everybody.
In fact, our opposition has a causal relationship with casualties. If we would only shut up until the end of the war (The War on Terror, that is, not the war in Iraq. Please open your hymnals to "For the Duration of the Emergency", by the German Chancellor, circa 1933), no insurgent would take an American life having been emboldened by a defeatist press. Moreoever, the troops wouldn't LET themselves be killed by moping around the battlefield after reading the New York Times op-eds. To hear some tell it, we're mere moments away from greeting returning soldiers the same way we did those coming home from Vietnam.
(Side Note: No joke, soldiers do what they're told by the civilian leadership, so take your angst out on the leadership at the polls. Harassing or spitting on a soldier is so far beyond uncool, that doing it near me will get you an ass kicking fit to make your hair bleed.)
If we had only been more positive, the Sunni and Shiia would have cast aside their differences and sung Kumbaya around the pile of burning tires on the road to the Baghdad airport. Assuming they didn't get hit by mortar fire, or get detonated by an IED. Things in the Green Zone are a little chaotic at the moment. And when a Texas republican can see that, well, that's saying something. It's also likely that a few good vibes from us would have gotten the women of Iraq equality as well, so now we can add misogynist tendencies to our list of crimes against the war effort.
Positive energy and good will could be harnessed to deflect bullets from the soldiers in unprotected, far less armored, Humvees that are the working and patrolling vehicle in Iraq. They would forget that the wounded are being charged for food at Walter Reed. They'll forget the congressional attempts to cut their benefits and fuck over Guard and reserve units, their involuntary extensions and shorthandedness, and all of this while nearly nine BILLION dollars went missing while under American control.
Yep, if we would just be quiet, give up a little of our privacy, and not question so much, why, the whole country would be much better off. As far as we knew, anyway.