...sorry to force you to type a longer response.
Maybe you should try KoTOR for a while -- it does resolve combat well without much clicking.
So, again, what's your excuse for not looking broadly and long range at FP? Iraq myopia is the charge, and Iraq is only a part of the picture. I respect that you and I see through a different lens on this.
No excuse at all -- simply I don't have the energy to discuss long range FP (a much larger topic than the manner in which this war was carried out, and that's already more than I can discuss...)
As to accountability, and the style of the message sent by the administration to the American public, consider the deception plan of Roosevelt in 1939, 40, and 41 in re his desires to aid England vs Germany against considerable (myopic-isolationist-ostrich) opposition. Strikingly similar approach, by a very competent politician(FDR). G.W. Bush and FDR are poorly matched in any number of comparisons, but the approach to this, based on long range security considerations, is similar.
Yes, I understand that politicians sometimes have to lead reluctant nations into war. But the short answer is that the Iraq war is no WW2, Bush is no FDR, and Saddam is no Hitler.
The accounting for "the information campaign" conducted versus the American people comes in November.
Vote your conscience, I am still gathering information on that score.
Well, information campaign or propaganda campaign, it should have come before the war, not after it.
Take your double standard, though, and park it: it dilutes down your aim of standing on principle on this issue.
I will take my standards, double or otherwise, and park them nowhere. War is war, and bjs are bjs, and I do apply different standards to lies about them.
As to the charghe of cynical: You are damned right I am cynical. Try being on the dirty end of American foreign policy for two decades: it will make you cynical as hell.
Actually, I think my charge was that you're more
cynical than I am -- and a pretty damning charge it is.