I don't mean any disrespect to Libbyliberal. But I am a psychologist and I don't diagnose via impressions of people I've never had sessions with.
I've discussed that before and I need to repeat it now because I'm linking to Libbyliberal's post. I am recommending it for entertainment value. I missed one of her posts because I didn't want to link to it. I was debating whether or not to and then I forgot about it. She was peering into Barack's psyche.
I don't do that here. I don't recommend people do that if they have a medical degree. (As far as I know, Libbyliberal doesn't have that and she's playing at being a therapist -- which is more than fine. As long as she's not a therapist, I have no problem with her being Lucy in the Charlie Brown comics.)
Steve Burns writes a bad column at OpEdNews and there's nothing to recommend about it.
It does, however, really explain why the faux 'peace' movement is in so much trouble.
Title: "Why wasn't the war an issue in the election?" Which war? There are two, you know.
Here, Burns attempts to drink and operate a keyboard:
What changed between 2008 and 2010? First of all, let's remember that it was opposition to one particular war -- the war in Iraq -- that forced war on to the election agenda in 2008. By 2008, the peace movement had spent five solid years making the case against the Iraq war and occupation, with relatively little attention given to Afghanistan, which took on the name "the forgotten war." That steady work culminated in a level of opposition to the Iraq war that approached 70%, making the Iraq war the most unpopular in our nation's history.
But while we were all headed to the polls in November of 2008, negotiations between the Bush administration and the Iraqi government were underway on a withdrawal agreement that would require a complete withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq by the end of 2011. The agreement, signed in December of 2008, now forms the basis for troop withdrawals from Iraq that the Obama administration is now undertaking.
No, you stupid ass, that's not what it does. How dumb are you, Burns?
Goodness, no wonder the peace movement is all but dead with idiots like Burns.
Did he miss the State Department press conference last month? Robert Gates' statements las month? Joe Biden speaking to PBS about this? Where the hell has he been?
Does he think Ryan Crocker, who was US Ambassador to Iraq at the time the SOFA was being strong-armed, doesn't know what the SOFA means?
All of the above have talked about how the US military may stay past 2011.
Burns doesn't know a damn thing. He should be embarrassed and ashamed.
He's whining that there's not enough attention to the war but he's the one who has clearly not been paying attention. Here's Burns again:
The Iraq withdrawal agreement is a major accomplishment for the Iraqi people, who successfully frustrated and defeated the most powerful military force on the planet and its plans for permanent military bases from which to dominate the Middle East. But it also had the effect of removing the Iraq war as a political issue within the United States. And because the basis for peace-movement growth during the Bush years was opposition to the Iraq war, and not the Afghanistan war or war in general, troop withdrawals from Iraq were bound to mean a loss of interest in the peace movement.
It is not an accomplishment for the Iraqi people, you stupid idiot. The Iraqi people did not vote on it. They were supposed to. In July of 2009, remember? Or, maybe you never knew, Burns. There's so very much you appear to not know.
The US rammed the SOFA through. That wasn't a victory.
If the SOFA hadn't been rammed through, that would have been a victory. There wasn't enough time for a United Nations resolution and there were already complications on that on the Iraqi side (which Burns can't tell you about because he's an idiot).
So if the SOFA hadn't been rammed through, what would have happened?
As Joe Biden pointed out in 2008, no new agreement, no renewal of the UN mandate, US troops have to leave Iraq.
That would have been a victory.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):