And hey, we got our pride back when we kicked ass and bombed Afghanistan (forget for a moment that the Taliban now controls a good part of that country).
That’s when we’re at our best, and our proudest, when we’re bombing the hell out of people with strange accents.
And boy, we could really push our chests out when our President stood on the deck of that ship with the big banner behind him that said “Mission Accomplished.”
Well, now we know in our bones that this is one mission we will never accomplish. In fact, it will be aborted, most probably with helicopters leaving rooftops or in some other humiliating pride-suffering way.
But meanwhile, we go along with the war.
In Vietnam we kept going till we killed somewhere between a million and a half and two million Asians, and we have no memory about those deaths, and built no monuments for them.
In Iraq our war has caused the deaths of over half a million Iraqis and displaced four million of them, with two million having fled to Syria and Jordan and Lebanon, plus we’ve destroyed their infrastructure, and some of us even call it a war crime.
But most of go on with our lives totally untouched. We drive our SUVs and go shopping at the mall. It’s not our war. Most of us aren’t the parents of kids who had few options besides the Army and are now dead or horribly wounded. None of us give a thought to all the dead and displaced Iraqis.
In other words, we’re behaving like good Germans who didn’t smell the smoke of burning Jews. They knew the Jews had been carted off somewhere, but they didn’t complain.
We know the Iraqis are dying over there, but we don’t really complain about them. We’re more sore about losing than about all the deaths we’ve caused. We want out because our guys are dying and the war doesn’t seem to get us anywhere. The deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis – that’s not the reason we want out. We don’t think of them, just like those good Germans, who didn’t think of the Jews.
In fact, most of us bought wholesale into Bush’s swaggering Texas cowboy act when he launched the Iraq War, exactly like the Germans bought into the swaggering corporal act of Herr Schickelgruber when he invaded Poland.