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May 05, 2014 11:03 AM Discredited Cassandras

By Ed Kilgore

In a web exclusive at Ten Miles Square today, Jim Sleeper pens a knowledgeable and very angry piece about certain writers and “thinkers” who weaken America by perpetually deploring its insufficient militarism and aggressiveness. And yes, these are some of the same people who led cheers for the Iraq War, and have yet to fully come to grips with their responsibility for that fiasco—which in turn had a lot to do with the American public’s turn inward in recent years. The discredited Cassandras are now complaining as they always do that “feckless liberals” are selling the world down the river with their failure to confront Putin or China or Iran:

Oh, for the days when evil abroad was stopped cold by our military social workers and Green Zone republics and reports of Weapons of Mass Destruction and nationalist excitements (as in the run-up to the Iraq War) and Special Forces and military deployments!

It’s amazing how long it’s taking for Iraq War enthusiasts to understand or admit that their policies not only failed militarily and morally—but weakened this country far more than its enemies could have ever accomplished on their own. Sleeper is right: the perpetual accusers of America for being unwilling to “make every sacrifice” need to understand their own complicity in sacrificing the nation’s honor.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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