I never found much point in shouting “Bush’s War”. Maybe i take the whole Constitutional Republic thing too seriously, but i will argue until the end of time that both Afghanistan and Iraq are our wars. We elected the jackass. We reelected the jackass. And the Democratic Party never lifted a finger to stop any of his jackassery. I’ve argued publicly and in private that each and every American of voting age by Oct. 2001 should be indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity. And i mean it.
Still, i could also make a reasonable argument that what was done in my name was done against my will. I didn’t vote for Bush. I didn’t vote for the vast majority of the asshats in Congress either. Now i have to accept a much more personal responsibility for every drone strike and torture coverup.
I did vote for Obama, against my better judgment but within the confines of the American political game it made some sense. So i voted for the escalation in Afghanistan. I voted for more drone strikes in Pakistan. I voted for expanded covert operations and the assassination of American citizens. I voted for the ever expanding Clusterfuck Empire.
That pisses me off.
Sure, i heard him talk about getting all Kennedy on Afghanistan, but i hoped that it was just tough talk. I hoped that he’d be as smart as advertised and realize that it was a lost cause since before it began. I was wrong. So is he.
Now i called the situation we find ourselves in on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001. It was clear that there’d be an invasion, and if it wasn’t clear to you that it would be an indefinitely long clusterfuck that we’d lose then you’re either an idiot or an imperialist. (No, i’m not sorry if that offends you. No, i don’t care if you saw the light a few years down the road. The light was bright enough to read the writing on the wall back then, and if you bought the whole “chase the terrorists who did this to us meme” then i repeat, you’re an idiot or an imperialist.) Your local public library has lots of history books; it’s not my fault that you choose not to read them.
So i voted for someone who had all the information and still decided to make matters worse. I voted for an imperialist, and a half-assed imperialist at that.
Frankly, i don’t care about his health care reform or his financial reform or any of the other PR feathers he’s been putting in his cap. I want all the amendments in the Bill of Rights back. We’ll talk about Mr. Obama’s greatness…or even his good intentions…when you can show me that. Because all the other stuff doesn’t matter without the civil liberties. When you can show me that he’s serious about drawing down the empire for the sake of the Republic rather than launching imperial adventures, we’ll talk.
Until then you’ve got nothing to prove that Mr. Obama is the greatness. What you do have is your support for all the heinous bullshit that’s going on in our names. All those civilians dying in Afghanistan, the women and children…Mr. Obama did that for you, and you’re cheering him on. The mostly innocent men locked in the American Gulag, Mr. Obama’s keeping them there (and probably still torturing them) for you, and you’re cheering him on.
Just don’t come crying when some president down the line uses Obama’s assassination precedent to start assassinating political enemies here in the US. Don’t complain when your family member is being tortured for politically incorrect thought and the government shrouds it in secrecy. And i certainly don’t want to hear any crying when unaffordable and pointless exercises in imperialism collapse this nation like they’ve collapsed every other empire.