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Explain Yourself

A couple years ago when Michael Moore was promoting Fahrenheit 9-11, he was on the Howard Stern show telling the King of All Media that he understood why people (like Stern) fell for the President's bullshit in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. "We all want to believe our president, Howard. That's not your fault."

Today, Andrew Sullivan dissects his own delusional state and what led him, and many other Americans, to that point of hysteria before the war. Like so much of Sullivan's writing, it's a personal, honest self assessment that makes me (if for just a moment) feel sorry for conservatives who pushed so hard for this catastrophe of a war.

In response to a reader's question as to whether Sullivan can explain why he was blind to the Administration's blatant propaganda and political bullying, Sullivan writes:

I trusted a president after a national catastrophe in a time of war. I had become completely inured to the evidence of Saddam's WMDs, and mindful of our under-estimating his WMD potential in 1990. I assumed that no president would launch a war without sufficient troops to keep the peace therefater [sic]. I was unaware we had effectively withdrawn from the Geneva Conventions. I was deeply suspicious of the motives of those who opposed the president, many of whom, I suspected, would have opposed him under any circumstance.

And here we are today...



That Orwell quote: "...nationalism, religious bigotry and feudal loyalty are far more powerful forces than what he himself would describe as sanity."

Not much of an optimist, was he? Jeez.

I think all of those "isms" have qualities one might associate with insanity.

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