The voters in Iraq showed tremendous courage in turning out the way they did. But just when you start feeling good about something like this, the gloating begins on the other side. And then Bush struts up (at least he wasn't in a flight suit this time) and launches into another victory speech. All of a sudden it becomes hard to feel too good about the election results, because you know they will used to excuse and justify all manner of past mistakes.
But to hell with that: It’s a good thing that happened yesterday and it should be celebrated by everyone, not just the self-congratulatory hawks. It may all fall apart in days ahead, but for a little while at least, the Iraqis have something to feel good about and they certainly deserve that. And everyone should feel good for them, regardless of whether Bush gets a boost out it.
This business of having to root against Bush all the time — including those rare occasions when he’s on the side of something good — gets tiresome. It can warp your sense of right and wrong. I think it’s a problem for lots of people right now in the 48-percent crowd. We’ve been conditioned to take sides and not budge. It’s what happens when you get sucked up in the fanaticism fostered by the likes of Rove, Fox News, Air America, etc. We’re all rabid “fans” now. And fans tend to spend too much time griping about their own team and booing the other one.
When I was growing up in Queens, the 1969 Mets were pulling off a miracle practically in my backyard – I should have reveled in that moment, but I happened to be a die-hard Yankee fan. And this meant I had to hate the Mets. Instead of enjoying their amazing run, I kept hoping they’d lose, to anybody. And when they didn’t, and the whole city celebrated, I sulked. I’d like to think I’ve grown up since then. So here’s a toast to some good news from Iraq.
[Posted by Warren]