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No Worries, We're PostWar Now

By The Reverend Published: December 12, 2007

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Reprinted in today's Akron Beacon Journal is the David Brooks column entitled, "Fresh breeze blowing through U.S. politics". Brooks is a New York Times columnist. See if you can pick out the one concept Brooks wants his readers to remember....

The atmosphere of fear and conflict has abated. With the change, the 2008 election is beginning to feel like a postwar election.
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The first obvious feature of a postwar election is that domestic issues matter more.
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But the more comprehensive difference between a wartime election and a postwar election is a shift in values.
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In wartime, leadership traits like courage, steadfastness and ruthlessness are prized. Voters are willing to vote for candidates they distrust so long as they seem tough and effective (Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani
In a postwar election, things are different.
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Something terrible could happen in the world, in which case the wartime mentality would be back in spades.
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In 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill had formidable advantages over Clement Attlee. But when a public turns from a war mentality to a peace mentality, it turns with a vengeance — even though in this case no armistice has been declared. Link

Obviously, if you believe what Brooks is saying, Iraq is over. Done deal. It's postwar time now. Nothing to see any more concerning Iraq. It's now time to move along to other more important topics. That's just what happens, Brooks says, when "a public turns....to a peace mentality".

I have an idea for Mr. Brooks. I think David Brooks should forward a copy of his column to the families and friends of the dead soldiers listed below....

Army Spc. Randy W. Pickering

31, of Bovey, Minn.; assigned to the Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; died Dec. 9 in Baghdad of injuries sustained in a non-combat-related incident.

Army Capt. Adam P. Snyder

26, of Fort Pierce, Fla.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Dec. 5 in Bayji, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Sgt. Eric J. Hernandez and Army Pvt. Dewayne L. White.

Army Pvt. Dewayne L. White

27, of Country Club Hills, Ill.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Dec. 4 in Bayji, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Sgt. Eric J. Hernandez and Army Capt. Adam P. Snyder.

Army Sgt. Eric J. Hernandez

26, of Waldwick, N.J.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Dec. 4 in Bayji, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Pvt. Dewayne L. White and Army Capt. Adam P. Snyder.

Army Sgt. Kyle Dayton

22, of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Dec. 3 in Ashwah, Iraq, of injuries sustained in a non-combat-related incident.

Army Spc. Matthew K. Reece

24, of Harrison, Ark.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Dec. 1 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Link

The families and friends of that list of recent soldiers killed inside Iraq will be so thrilled to learn that it's postwar time now inside Iraq. You see, the families of these soldiers killed in the last 2 weeks inside Iraq have, apparently, not been privy to the Olympus-like wisdom and brilliance coming out of neo-conservative elitist circles these days. They need to be told the facts as Brooks understands them. WE ARE NOW POSTWAR IN IRAQ.

Just to demonstrate that I'm being fair to Mr. Bobo Brooks, because hey, he's real smart and appears on the teevee frequently as an "expert", and after all, he writes for the New York Times, here's a bit of information I'm sure Bobo inadvertently failed to mention in his hurry to type the words "postwar election" as often as he could.....

But there's no evidence of any increase in public support for the war in Iraq. According to the poll, 69 percent, the highest number yet, want to withdraw some or all U.S. troops. Link

If we're already, you know, postwar....then why would almost 70% of Americans not know about it? Why would 70% of Americans still want to end something that is already....over? Could the answer be that David Brooks is only wishing it were so because Iraq is such a negative topic for his favorite Republican Party prospects? Could that be it?

Brooks is like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz clicking his "postwar election" heels together three times, then three more times.....all the while closing his eyes and wishing that the results of his criminal, mean-spirited, thieving and warmongering Republican Party, (his political drug of choice),.....would simply disappear.

THIS JUST IN:

Three car bombs exploded in quick succession in the market district of a southern Iraqi city Wednesday, killing at least 41 people and wounding 150 in a Shiite region that has largely escaped the country's sectarian bloodshed, authorities said.
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I suppose Iraqis haven't read Brooks' column yet either, huh?

Pre or post anything.....Brooks is an assh*le.

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