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EXPERTS AND THE IRAQI CRISIS -- MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE REAL WORLD.... | 2002-09-07

I have no interest in going to war with Iraq. What fascinates me, as usual, is just how mindless the present discussion about the situation is.

All the conservatives are, as usual, mystified by how things have developed. As usual, the "experts" on both sides are completely mystified by reality. So we pay them money and listen to every precious word that falls from their lips.

Everybody is asking, "What happened? A few months ago the whole world was backing everything Bush wanted and now we're all alone. How did this come about?"

Everybody in the world suddenly decided to back American action after September 11.

Now the liberals are back to talking like liberals and Europeans are whining about American Imperialism. Right after September 11, "National Review" had a cover picture of Americans by the thousands parachuting into war and death in World War II.

Happy days were here again!!

But all they got was a pitiful little war in Afghanistan. They want more and nobody seems to want to give it to them.

Now nobody seems to want lots of uniforms and lots of military money and all the other wonderful things conservatives were licking their chops over just a little while back.

The explanation is very, very simple. It is too simple for experts to have the slightest inkling of what is going on.

As always, what both experts and conservatives lack is a memory.