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National Honor My Anatomy (What? Updated Already?) 0

From the Republican debate:

Republican presidential contenders voiced support last night for the Iraq war, while antiwar candidate Ron Paul warned that they risked dragging the party down to defeat in 2008.

Even if we lose elections, we should not lose our honor,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, “and that is more important to the Republican Party.

Let us look at this critically.

Let us say that, for example and for instance, like, you know, that I started driving the wrong way down a one-way street three or four years ago. Just for grins and giggles, let’s say it was in spring 2003.

After several years and thousands of vehicles run off the road trying to avoid me, their drivers and passengers dead, an occifer of the law pulls me over.

“Turn around,” says he, “Drive the right way on this one-way road.”

“I can’t,” say I. “It’s a matter of honor. I have driven this road the wrong way for three years. I can’t stop now.”

There is no honor in doing wrong.

There is no honor in persisting in wrong.

There is only shame.

Addendum, Oh So Quick:

Dick Polman:

But the award for creative tiptoeing surely went to Mike Huckabee, who is currently enjoying his post-Iowa straw poll boomlet, and who offered this rationale for staying the course in Iraq:

“We have to continue the surge, and let me explain why, Chris. When I was a little kid, if I went into a store with my mother, she had a simple rule for me: If I picked something off the shelf at the store and I broke it, I bought it. I learned I don’t pick something off the shelf I can’t afford to buy. Well, what we did in Iraq, we essentially broke it. It’s our responsibility to do the best we can to try to fix it before we just turn away. Because something is a stake….whether or not we should have gone to Iraq is a discussion the historians can have, but we’re there.
We bought it because we broke it.”

Where have I heard that one before…Oh yes. That’s what Colin Powell reportedly said to Bush, when the first-term Secretary of State tried to warn the president about the potential downside of invading Iraq: “You break it, you own it.”

Which means that Huckabee was being quite daring, in a way. Last night he was essentially arguing that we should stay the course with the surge not because it is working, but because we have screwed things up so badly in Iraq that we have no choice except to make amends by persevering.

And that’s basically what passes for dissent these days within the Republican presidential field.


Words fail me. Men and women die for the ambitions of liars.

And the liars persist in their lies.


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