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Why doesn’t Campbell protest these wars?
I’m very disappointed with your AWOL columnist, Stanley Campbell. I say
because war is his signature issue, is it not?
Does Campbell believe there is ever such a thing as a
war? I don’t know, and I don’t care: the question is moot. Sadly, many of my fellow conservatives actually tried to equate Saddam Hussein with Adolph Hitler as a rationale for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Likewise, Americans were presented with a seemingly justifiable reason for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: to literally root out Osama bin Laden. Another Adolph Hitler, if you will.
Well, seven or eight years later—and counting, and counting—of looking down into the abyss—or the twin abysses—of costs, wastes, carnage, and more poor-dumb-bastard
produced almost daily, either for driving over roadside bombs or for
defending Americans’ freedoms against tyranny
—and lo and behold, both of those gentlemen have long since become footnotes. These phony wars
were never about them.
Just imagine: a great democratic republic that even so recently replicated all this for a dozen years in Vietnameven now with a new president who, even if nothing else good could be expected from him, at least, supposedly, knew the pointlessness of fighting an abstract noun (terror)—continues to be only ever more mired in forlorn nation-building, and Campbell is mum.
From the September 23-29, 2009 issue