Way back in the first quarter of this year, as I protested the war on the streets of Los Angeles, I encountered a few pro-warriors who got right in my face and demanded answers from me.
Here's how the average conversation went:
PRO-WARRIOR: Okay, just answer me this: Do you think the U.S. is going to be able to catch an old man in a hole or not?
PRO-WARRIOR: I can't believe you don't think we can capture an old man hiding in a hole!
ME: You're crazy if you think the U.S. military can capture an old man in a hole. You've been brainwashed by Bill O'Reilly into thinking that.
PRO-WARRIOR: You know what? You and Hans Blix can just go give each other handjobs for all I care. He doesn't think we can capture an old man in a hole, either!
ME: Oh yeah, well Hans Blix is right! It's crazy to think that the U.S. military can somehow capture an old man hiding in a hole!
PRO-WARRIOR: Tell you what, when we DO capture an old man hiding in a hole--and believe you me, we will--then will you admit you were wrong when you said we couldn't catch an old man in a hole?
ME: You know what? Yeah! I will. But it's never gonna happen. The U.S. military has neither the resources nor the ability to catch an old man hiding in a hole. Upon this I base my entire opposition to the war.
PRO-WARRIOR: You fucking traitor.
ME: You fucking fascist.
Now is a good time to take a trip all the way back to the run-up to the war, and see where the goalposts really were back then. Because I truly do not remember any of my peers basing their opposition to the Iraq war on the notion that the U.S. military would be unable to capture or kill Saddam Hussein.
I just don't recall this happening. Maybe you do remember something like that, and I'd be happy if you could point me to a link.