Things Said or Done Long Years Ago

Things said or done long years ago,
Or things I did not do or say
But thought that I might say or do,
Weigh me down, and not a day
But something is recalled,
My conscience or my vanity appalled.

Yeats, William Butler. “Vacillation“.

This must surely be how David Frum (author of 2003 “Unpatriotic Conservatives” article tarring paleocon war critics) and the rest of the Neocons feel after their repeated foreign policy bungles (Oops, no WMD?).

Iraqi Refugees Admitted into USA: 64,174
Iraqi Refugees Total: Millions
Total Americans Wounded in Iraq: 33184
Total American Deaths in Iraq: 4488
Iraqi Deaths Due to US Invasion: 1455590
Money Spent on Iraq War: Over 808 Billion

Achievement: Replace secular Sunni leader and former US-ally who poses no threat to the US with, one of the most corrupt states in the world. Transparency International ranks its corruption at #175 out of 183 countries. Shia Muslims in Iraq are now dominant: Iran is also Shia Muslim.

That infamous quote again:

I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

Next up: Needless war with Iran! (Pat Buchanan article).

Also see: “The Power of War Propaganda on Iran, and How It Works” by John Glaser at

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7 thoughts on “Things Said or Done Long Years Ago

  1. C Bowen (Hawthorne)

    Of that Iraqi refugee number, I doubt a high percentage were from that ancient Christian sect, that reaches back to the Three Kings–that most mystic and ‘Aryan’ for our pagan friends- interpretation of Christianity.

    Those folks wouldn’t lower themselves to get involved with a Catholic Charities/Mainline Protestant refugee scam.

  2. C Bowen (Hawthorne)


    I am an Anglo-Catholic until they put me under. I come from Prots, including a non-believer who sided with Cromwell in exchange for Irish lands, so a half-way point is about as good as it’s going to get. Maybe my children will finish the job, I don’t know.

    If what is left of (real) Christianity would spend more time on those Three Kings, those magi linked with the civiliation of Zoroaster, who read the stars, and first at the scene-needing no angel–i.e. science over intervention–maybe something could be learned, or gleamed.

    The Anglos have that Christmas story, The Gift of the Magi…

    Anyway, they are survivors.

  3. Savrola

    I hate to be a one trick pony here, but Frum is still getting paid to write bilge, and you aren’t, Weaver. Not to rub it in your face or anything. I think Frum should be publicly disemboweled after a fair trial and you should be hired to take his place writing bilge.

  4. Weaver


    Thanks. Among the paleos are some extraordinarily gifted writers. Sadly I’m not one of them, but I do have some projects I want to pursue in my free time.

    And yea, I agree: One doesn’t whine over losing. Losing is one’s own fault. However, I’m whining as an attack :)

  5. CM Collins

    I’m sure the David Frums of the world sit back every now and then, like on a cold November’s eve, shakily sipping a whisky to salve their consciences on their foreign policy disasters.

    Yeah, that’s exactly what’s happening….

    Come on man. This is like listening to a friend whine over and over about some girl who told him she just wants to be friends. She doesn’t deserve Yeats, and neither do the neocons.

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