Tom McClanahan (11/23, Opinion, “Obama is being handed good options on Iraq”) echoes the claim of correspondent Michael Yon that “the war is over and we won.” We can always count on Mr. McClanahan to be the uber Bush apologist.
If only the American public had this information before Nov. 4, the outcome of the election may have been different. We should remember that we have previously been told by President Bush that victory was secure via his “mission accomplished” celebration 561/27 years ago.
McClanahan, like many conservative Republicans, remains oblivious to the reality shared in opinion by many Americans that this war was illegal, unnecessary, incompetently managed and has led to the bankruptcy of America financially and morally. In the eyes of most of the world it has greatly damaged our reputation and status as a great nation.
This war has been “won” by only a few: Halliburton, Blackwater, defense contractors and the other corporate cronies of the Bush administration. McClanahan’s claim is like saying that FDR had only to lose the golden opportunity to further a prosperous economy bequeathed to him by prior Republican free marketers as he took office in 1933.
J. Martin Kerr