What Iraq and History Teach Us
By Barry Farber
He was probably the most honest of the old men hanging out in rocking chairs around the stove in the rear of the general store in rural North Carolina.
He yawned, looked at his watch, and then declared, "Well, it's 7:30. I'm going on home and if dinner ain't ready I'm gonna raise hell and if it is, I ain't gonna eat it!"
That's the way I feel the majority of you are treating me and my kind. I am a neocon.
I favored the invasion of Iraq. I thought it would all be a cakewalk.
I thought the Iraqi masses would welcome us as liberators and we could finance the whole deal with liberated Iraqi oil. And I'm one neocon who won't melt away like some wicked witch when you point out how differently things seem to have worked out.
The most unchallenged cliche in world affairs is the oft-repeated warning by George Santayana that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Sure, I thought Saddam Hussein had WMD, but that was far from my main reason for favoring his overthrow. Look at the past, the way Santayana and everybody else insists we should.
The pic is that of Jorge (George) Augustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana.