Friday, September 08, 2006

James Wolcott: Irrationalizations

James Wolcott: Irrationalizations: "Twenty, thirty years from now a new generation of right wingers and armchair warriors will be contending that we could have won in Iraq had it not been for Michael Moore and prissiness over torture. Pundits and politicians prefer to argue and conjecture in maximalist terms, because it lends them more stature in their own minds. Robb writes, '[T]he simplest explanation for the outcome in Iraq is that we were just beaten by a better opponent (the Israeli's seem to be getting this, why can't we?).' Because such knowledge cuts too deeply into the pride of the American psyche. It's also too painful to consider that the U.S. is beatable. We'd rather believe that we beat ourselves, and then scapegoat liberals as the losers who made us lose. "


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