(continued from the previous post)
Yes, they've "sent their message," and so now no terrorist will ever dare attack us again. Especially since even nuclear armed North Korea is now cooper...uh, never mind. Indeed, where I think history will judge Bush is whether he demonstrated so clearly that the US was willing ot take on weak armies but not nucelar-armed dictators that rogue nations increase their nuclear efforts. If we take out Saddam's weakened army, but a nuclear-armed Kim Jong Il thumbs his nose at us, I think that lesson will be clear. Once again, war skeptics raised this very valid point, only to have it dismissed out of hand by the hawks (because no option other than war was legitimate, after all). Somehow I remain unconvinced that North Korea has gone docile on us. But even that point, however apt, overlooks the unavoidable, glaring, reprehensible fact:
They lied to us.
Of course, many of us knew that, but that still doesn't make it any less of a stinkin' lie. What we have here is an Administration obviously unwilling to even attempt to sell the nation on its genuine reasons for war (including, as if it really were true, the "liberation of the Iraqi people"). And thus, we had an Administration willing to promulgate any halfway-acceptable, if wholly false, justification for the course Bush had decided on long before, as long as it had a chance of selling.
See Daily Kos, Interesting Times, and The Road to Surfdom, among many others, for more rancor; I'm confident in prediciting a resounding silence from hawkish bloggers, even those who believed in good faith in Bush's case and were deceived as much as -- indeed, more than -- we were. Meanwhile, Josh Marshall just says, "I told you so!"
If lying about one's sexual conduct is grounds for impeachment, then lying to lead the nation to an unnecessary war -- an unprovoked war of agression that violated the most fundemental precepts of the UN charter -- sure as hell is too.