Posts Tagged ‘anti-war’
Not too long ago, Republicans were fervently trying to convince Americans that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were necessary to preserve the safety of our country. Their arguments, however, began carrying less and less weight as Americans finally began expressing their dissatisfaction in ever-increasing numbers. In the former anti-neoconservative America, it seemed Republicans were wondering how to justify two useless and illegal wars. Little did they know the best argument they could create to drum up support for their crimes against humanity was a peace-preaching, closet pro-war democrat named Barack Obama. With a democrat now in the White House, the former anti-war liberals have shown their true colors and gone silent. After all, Obama was for peace, right?
Those under this “peace candidate” assumption had little clue as to Obama’s history on Iraq, not to mention his horrible record on civil liberties. After all, Obama voted to instate warterboarding supporter Michael Chertoff as Secretary of Homeland Security, voted for bills providing billions of dollars in nuclear weapons producing activities, and voted for the Defense Authorization Act’s increase of funds to prolong the wars in 2005. He even voted to commend the armed services that murdered innocent women and children in an attack that supposedly killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a man who had already been reported killed three times previously. Obama also voted against the Kerry Amendment in 2006, which would have withdrawn the troops from Iraq, and voted for a bill giving Bush another $120 billion to prolong the war in 2007. He also voted for the Patriot Act twice, the FISA legislation, and now supports the State’s Secrets privilege of the Bush Administration, giving him a civil liberties record the crows could feed off of for years.
Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism
Libertarian author Bill Kaufman has written a book that discusses the long history of anti-war sentiment. He provides a timely reminder that not all Americans celebrated war while their government sent their sons to die. Even more timely is Kaufman’s reminder that most opposition to war used to come from conservatives. Hopefully Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and the entire War Party will discover authentic conservatism.
Click here for a book review.
Justin Raimondo wonders, too. I always thought that most liberals who opposed the Iraq war were anti-Bush more than they were anti-war. After all, I never saw liberals flooding the streets opposing Clinton’s wars. And the liberal criticism of Obama’s warmongering is scant. Surely liberals aren’t big, fat liars, are they?
Read Raimondo’s article here.