Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Baloney Wars

Michael Kelly was one of the most vicious Iraq war advocates, perhaps second only to Andrew Sullivan. Vicious in that he wanted war, but was most interested in lobbing grenades at those who didn't. I offer no defense of Senator Clinton's vote for the Iraq war, but that "baloney war" happened in large part due to people like Michael Kelly. To elide that fact is ridiculous.

Gore’s speech was one no decent politician could have delivered. It was dishonest, cheap, low. It was hollow. It was bereft of policy, of solutions, of constructive ideas, very nearly of facts — bereft of anything other than taunts and jibes and embarrassingly obvious lies. It was breathtakingly hypocritical, a naked political assault delivered in tones of moral condescension from a man pretending to be superior to mere politics. It was wretched. It was vile. It was contemptible. But I understate.