Empire and Our Failed Political Press

Good News For John McCain!

Ready… Aim… Fire!

"We tried to tell y'all." – Ancient African-American proverb

If Americans learn anything —doubtful premise, but bear with me!— from 20-years of the Middle East Forever Wars it is  that we always end up regretting our empire aspirations. There is no way to gracefully exit a war that one has neither won NOR lost; this was the Terri Schivo of military adventures. No amount of additional Friedman Units would have made it better, and might have made it worse.

As Republicans scrub all mention of Hair Füror’s negotiated peace deal (oddly not nominated for a Nobel Prize) off of their web pages, Democrats and members of the media should NOT be suckers for those who supported withdrawal until they could now pretend to oppose it for political gain:

and more recently:

Former president Donald Trump Sunday called on President Biden to “resign in disgrace” over his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and other issues. “It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” the former president wrote in a statement.


Our Failed Political Press ™ continues to lay blame at the feet of the current administration, when in fact the assorted WaPos and NYTimes own so much of the original responsibility themselves.

Oddly no NYTimes article in the recent days dares mention Judith Miller or any of the other cheerleading that they did in the early days.  They cannot: they would then have to admit that for at least 20 years everyone was wrong about the Right except for us filthy, dirty, hippies, and that just ain’t gonna happen. Don’t expect to ever see Kos again on the Sunday Talkies —he did once, asked a pointed question, and that whole episode of giving credibility to bloggers was over— even to give his own bookend of we tried to warn you.

Today we filthy dirty hippies find ourselves alone, again, and no one is listening to our righteous indignation. Our I-Told-You-So cries for 20 years still fall on deaf ears, and meanwhile one terrible painter is smiling, wherever he is, glad to be forgotten:



This entry was posted in Afghanistan, Chimpy's Great Adventure. Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Empire and Our Failed Political Press

  1. Jimmy T says:

    No, we don’t miss him, but speaking as a former filthy dirty hippy, I have to say we were right about Vietnam and all the other military excursions back then and now. Not sure why we had to rebuild Afghanistan back better as a democracy when the people there were a religious tribalist oriented society (hmmm reminds me of the GQP), but the “grand” experiment was destined to fail. At least back in the Vietnam era we had some great music on our side, when pretty much the entire power structure was against us, until Walter came out against it….

    I think Country Joe said it best for us hippies…

    Liked by 4 people

  2. ali redford says:

    It’s so hard to I-told-you-so with the ongoing avalanche of troubles for the people of Afghanistan who aren’t Taliban, is all. I recall Jay Leno and his wife touting US attacking Afghanistan particularly to “save women” and artifacts. Buttheads. This was wrong from the start, real people have and will continue to be hurt, and now we all have to live with what our country did to make that worse. sigh

    Liked by 2 people

    • R White says:

      And the Chinese will now have exclusive mineral rights and be able to corner the market on the manufacture of our different electronic devices as they go about repairing the schools and infrastructure that we once bombed and later allowed sketchy corporations like Halliburton to rebuild half-assed while overcharging U.S. taxpayers in the millions.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Jimmy T says:

      Watch enough YouTube videos, and you too can become can have an expert opinion on just about any topic you may choose. I read somewhere recently that a total of 12 people are the main antivax influencers accounting for nearly 70% of misinfo. I’m expecting the Darwin variant to spread accordingly. In a similar vein, the same self eliminating applies across the broader spectrum…


  3. Ten Bears says:

    ‘Bout six months after Obama’s inauguration that started showing up on window and bumper stickers around beautiful bend over oregon. Being a tape-measure on my belt several sharpies in my pocket kind of guy, I drew swastikas on them whenever the opportunity presented itself. I heard it pissed some people off, wanted the keystone krew to investigate it as a “hate crime”.

    Think of it as “freeway blogging … “

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    It was a no-win situation, Catch-46.


Comments are closed.