Americans are sick and tired of perpetual war: even that champion evader, Barack Obama, had to acknowledge that in his recent Afghanistan speech, in which he said it’s time to start nation-building right here at home. Of course, he’ll say anything to get reelected – except, perhaps, that it’s time to end the wars in Afghanistan (and Pakistan and Yemen and …) and bring all our troops home now.
With polls showing 70 percent-plus in favor of doing just that, the President had to make some accommodation with popular sentiment. The War Party, however, has no such political calculation to make: they don’t care about popular sentiment, at least the neoconservatives don’t. Indeed, the neocons are self-consciously elitist, disdaining the hoi polloi, who supposedly live in a world of “myth,” in favor of the alleged wisdom of the “enlightened” minority – the Philosopher-Kings – who supposedly know what’s good for the rest of us.Philosopher-Kings are from Plato's Republic. They're part of that whole narrative of the cave and the shadows and blah, blah, blah. The whole point of The Republic is: People are stupid except for a tiny few who are enlightened.
While that absolutely describes the neocons, I also think it describes those who whored for Barack Obama. The ones who, for example, would not call him out for using homophobia and putting homophobes on the campaign trail. They were convinced that they knew best. So when he was already disappointing before he got the nomination, they kept on lying and whoring and telling themselves that it was okay because they knew best and they had to pull the wool over the eyes of the stupid.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):