We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am not the only one who is puzzled by the low-key press coverage of Iraq's election. I guess it means that peaceful, high-turnout elections for democratic governments in Iraq are now routine. Which means Mission Accomplished.
And one hell of a mission, too. No-one predicted all of these lunatics streaming in to try to prevent democracy and freedom and human rights, or Syria behaving in such a hostile manner. Or the US press and the "loyal" opposition behaving in such a hostile and negative manner to our providing human rights, political freedom, and women's rights to a place where sadistic state terrorism reigned under the jackboot of a destructive, anti-American, Hitler-worshipping, megalomaniacal thug. And a greaseball scumbag, too, who truly earned the exclusive services of someone like Ramsey Clark.
It is time, America, for us to give ourselves, our tough soldiers, our President, and our allies a big pat on the back for sticking with a nasty situation and creating a major opportunity for freedom and for American interests in an ugly, treacherous, and backward, but important, part of the world.
Iraq has been given a great and costly gift. It is going to be up to them to hold it and keep it. I pray that they will, and that someday soon I can visit Iraq and see the great marshes of the Tigris and Euphrates, the ancient ruins of the first cities on the planet, and a free people treasuring their gift, purchased with the blood of many American, Brit, Allied, and Iraqi heroes of human dignity.