War Pigs

Television can ruin lots of things. Thanks to television, for instance, we snicker at Ozzy Osbourne these days and/or hold him simultaneously in esteemed affection. We forget that the man sang inspired protest lyrics once upon a time.

“Politicians hide themselves away. They only started the war. Why should they go out to fight? They leave that role to the poor, yeah. Time will tell on their power minds, making war just for fun. Treating people just like pawns in chess, wait till their judgement day comes, yeah.”

War pigs. Yeah. Who would have thought that one of the fellows we prayed for to get us out of this mess in 2004 would turn out to be one of the oinkiest stinkiest war pigs of them all? How many stars do you think McCain’s big hit “Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran” has in Lieberman’s iTunes listing?

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Lieberman: I think we have to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq.

Schieffer: Let’s just stop right there. Because I think you probably made some news here, Senator Lieberman. You’re saying that if the Iranians don’t let up, that the United States should take military action?

Lieberman: I am.

Schieffer: Wow, Joe Lieberman, you are one batshit crazy motherfucker. Why in the wide wide world of sports do we keep asking you to be on our program? 

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If only. Instead, Schieffer was all all wink-wink and “Ha-ha! Whoa! I think you just made some news there, Skippy! Hold on there! Whoa!” Why are Schieffer and the other Sunday morning yappity-yappers still suffering fools like Lieberman? Why do the lame brains who brought you the immoral, illegal, foolish, and not to mention poorly executed invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation still have caché? How is it that Bill Kristol hasn’t been laughed off the edge of the flat Earth in which he and his ilk believe?

This is why it is vital to fill vital leadership positions now with candidates who were and have been always stone-cold opposed to the invasion of Iraq. It is why “If I’d known then what I know now” is simply not good enough, Hillary. We have slightly altered the pendulum’s path, but it is still lopsided and kicking over all the wrong posts. We need leaders unassailable in the path of the cold weird eyes of Joe Lieberman and his hawk allies, leaders who don’t need to cop to moral relativism, leaders who today resemble brilliant visionaries rather than political opportunists, who saw the bullshit and called it bullshit. Because even in the face of all the tons of evidence that the invasion of Iraq was wrong on its face, morally, practically, exestensially wrong, even with the polls where they are, even with the death tolls conveying ever-upward, the media still doesn’t get it, the Congress still doesn’t get it, and the current president, fuggetaboutit.

It’s all enough to lead one to understand why Ozzy bit the head off of that damned bird.

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