I woke up at 5 AM this morning for absolutely no good reason at all, and because I hate my brain, I turned on Morning Joe. Scarborough was talking about the horrific massacre in Afghanistan and he said this:
Nothing justifies it, I’m not justifying it. I’m just saying, there is an extraordinary strain and the weakest of these troops just might snap.
Of course this is pretty similar to what I said about this last week, and I guess I should be giving Scarborough the credit for finally, at long last, making some sense on the issue of war.
But today happens to be the 9-year anniversary of our invasion of Iraq, a completely unnecessary and disastrous war that not only produced its own share of atrocities, but prolonged the war in Afghanistan by diverting our attention from it. So I’m not in a generous mood for Mr. Scarborough.
It just amazes me that after 9 years anyone who was gung ho about that misadventure is still taken seriously about any matter of foreign policy. How can all these people who have been so publicly and obviously wrong about something so major be running for president, hosting opinion shows on the TV, or even writing regular columns for major newspapers on anything remotely related to foreign policy, politics, or government.
People often opine about what they think future generations will think of us, and I think one thing is that they will wonder how we let so many people get away with so much without any accountability whatsoever.
Not this soldier though. We’re going to come down on him like a ton of bricks (and we should). It will probably make some people sleep better.