Bill Kristol is clutching his pearls once again over the idea that the American people are “war-weary” and might not follow his inevitable advice to invade another country for no reason anytime soon. He quotes a letter to the Wall Street Journal from one Heidi Szrom of Valparaiso, Indiana:
According to pundits, the president and letter writers, America is “war weary.” Every time I hear this, I wonder: Did you serve? Did you volunteer to fight oppression in foreign lands? Did your son or brother or husband? If so, then I understand and sympathize with your complaint . . . unlike most of those who utter this shopworn phrase.
Perhaps the country’s weariness stems from a reluctance to face unpleasant truths—one of which is that power, like nature, abhors a vacuum. . . . History tells us it will only be a temporary reprieve. Our current defense cuts ensure that we will be woefully unprepared to face the next test. We are so weary that we are falling asleep.
And he follows up:
I’ll admit it, I’m war-weary. Even more, though, I’m warmonger-weary. I’ve grown tired of Kristol and his neo-conservative dream of America in a state of perpetual war with virtually everyone. And I find it especially amusing that Kristol, who quite famously did not serve in Vietnam when he was of age to do so and supported the war (as he has supported every war), quoting that particular portion of that letter wherein the writer condemns those who didn’t serve in the military who don’t want to send more soldiers off to die. Kristol clearly thinks it’s perfectly fine for someone who didn’t serve in the military to advocate for sending more soldiers to their inevitable deaths, even if they have a track record of being monumentally wrong when they do. Like when he said that Iraq would be a “two month war, not an eight year war,” unlike the Vietnam war he refused to fight in. How’d that prediction work out for you, Bill?
Well said. If only Republican elected officials were half as clear-minded and nearly as courageous as Ms. Szrom in taking on the claim that we all need to defer to, to bow down to, our own war-weariness. In fact, the idol of war-weariness can be challenged. A war-weary public can be awakened and rallied. Indeed, events are right now doing the awakening. All that’s needed is the rallying.
But now he wants us to go to war in Iran and probably the Ukraine too and he’s annoyed that the people may be tired of being talked into supporting wars based on lies at a cost of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. Cry me a fucking river, Bill. That anyone pays attention to you at all anymore is a testament only to how vapid our political discourse has become. In a just world, you would have long ago been condemned to stand on a street corner in Washington, DC with a sandwich board that says “We’ve always been at war with (fill in the blank).”