Bitter Roots

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Did I mention bitter neocons? Wow, it’s Friday, so here comes another sputter from Mount Krauthammer.

Watch the steam seethe.

After five years of constantly changing rationales, arguments, excuses , and lies for invading and occupying Iraq, Dr. Krauthammer now blames the Democrats for stealing the neocon’s favorite con, the dialectic:

“Obama, reflecting the mainstream Democratic view, simply wants to get out of Iraq as soon as possible. Two years ago, it was because the war was lost. Now, we are told, it is to save Afghanistan. The reasons change, but the conclusion is always the same. Out of Iraq. Banish the very memory. Leave as small and insignificant a residual force as possible. And no long-term bases.”
Dr. K, who is it that wanted, and wants, to stay in Iraq, come hell or high water? With 54 permanent bases, a billion-dollar U.S. embassy, corruption beyond your wildest dreams, and occupying forces? (Hint: 100 years)

Note what happens here (the good Doctor, reportedly a psychiatrist, surely knows): You have been a relativist dialectician for five years. You have been shamed and ruined and defeated. You blame your enemy. You project onto your enemy your own faults, mistakes, and evil tactics. Why, your enemy is — as bad as you are!

Well, on that, he might be right. McCain, Obama — they’re both awful. To quote a colorful sixties figure, “there ain’t a dime’s bit of difference” between how awful.

[footnote: “projection A defense mechanism, operating unconsciously, in which what is emotionally unacceptable in the self is unconsciously rejected and attributed (projected) to others.”]

7:31 am on July 25, 2008