At this point, McCain looks like toast. No, actually he looks like something you find in the back of your refrigerator and wish you hadn’t. He’s done. Finished. And he knows it.
So I wonder how Bush supporters are going to get by in an Obama administration. The one thing that kept them on board was that he let them share in the vicarious thrill of apparently quick ‘n easy military victories. Those apparent victories — first in Afghanistan, then Iraq — more than compensated for Bush’s other projects, which, if implemented under a liberal Democratic administration, would’ve had “conservatives” howling. Think No Child Left Behind, and Prescription Drug benefits. Many even tolerated Bush’s pigheaded support for amnesty for illegal alien invaders, going so far as to accept administration ghoul Michael Chertoff’s bizarre assertion that the amnesty bill would somehow make Americans safer. Now that’s the kind of brainless, heel-clicking loyalty any autocrat could love.
The special delights of burning and bludgeoning the flesh of helpless victims is what kept the Bush coalition together. As one “pro-victory” blogger proclaims on his home page, “I love my country, and I fully support current U.S. military operations around the world.” That assumes, of course, that only those who REALLY love their country will automatically cheer on ANY military operation, no matter that it’s based on lies and ends up doing more harm to the American people than good. When loyalty to the government trumps loyalty to one’s own people, the sky’s the limit for government power.
Of course, Obama will certainly toss the pro-war, any war crowd a few juicy bones. He’ll keep ‘em pumped up by expanding the war in Afghanistan — another no-win fiasco that will do nothing but enflame more hatred against the US while draining our treasury. But what about all the other foreign adventures Obama will surely stick US troops into? Will they be just as enthusiastic about those?
Here’s just one example. When Obama sends US troops to “save” Darfur — something the left has demanded for some time — will Americaneocon and all the other “pro-victory” supporters cheer on those operations? I would argue we have no business inserting ourselves into other people’s civil wars. How does it matter to us that one group of corrupt thugs wins power over another group of corrupt thugs in Africa? It doesn’t, and anyone who says it does is not only loony, but probably assured of his inabilty to be drafted — yet another form of “national service” Obama has strongly suggested should be reinstated.
What do you want to bet the “pro-victory” crowd turns on Obama’s wars the same way most Republicans turned on Clinton’s insane, but short-lived wars? This will be fun to watch. Hypocrisy always makes a good show.