Two article that deserve your attention this morning.
The war’s advocates continue to push back, hoping that their demolished arguments will prove effective if frequently repeated using the media’s bullhorn: “Only Decisive Force Can Prevail in Afghanistan“, by Senators Graham, Lieberman and McCain, op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, 13 September 2009. They explain neither the cost of the war (what is “decisive” force in terms of troops and money), nor what they mean by victory.
The first article I recommend is Michael Cohen’s powerful rebuttal to them: “Afghanistan Mission Creep Watch – The We Must Prevail Version“, Democracy Arsenal, 15 September 2009.
Next, Glen Greenwald holds up a mirror, so we can look at ourselves: “How one becomes “crazy” in Washington culture“, Salon, 11 September 2009. Our amnesia makes us so easy to lead. Without memory of the recent past, we accept whatever our ruling elites tell us.