Barack Hussein Obama has made good on his presidential campaign's primary promise and commitment. The number one reason he was elected president in 2008: stop the war in Iraq.
Don't know about you, but the invasion and occupation of Iraq to my thinking was a war crime. Pure and simple. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, et al. are all war criminals who need to be sent to the dockets in The Hague as soon as possible. And I believe that will happen. Call me an optimist. Call me crazy.
You see, Obama was catapulted out of the Iowa caucuses into first place in the nominating process over Hillary Rodham Clinton precisely because he embodied the party's center-left demands for an end to George W. Bush's illegal and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq. Democratic activists put Obama in a position to win the nomination. And when Clinton refused to apologize for her vote as a US senator authorizing the Bush aggression, and would not admit that she was an enabling pol in the gravest American war crime of our generation, Hillary got the heave-ho by rank and file Dems.
Democrats punished her and rewarded Obama with the nomination when the nation was finally ready and willing to stop the Republican neocon Bush-Cheney doctrine of shock and awe, blood and fire, terror and torture.
So in light of this seminal accomplishment of American public opinion, yes it does still matter, I don't understand why everyone on the left, many in the center, and even a few on the right are not dancing in the aisles and kissing strange men and women, children and seniors, rats and cats and big red dogs in broad daylight on the teeming glorious holiday streets of Times Square.
Hey people (rapping my knuckles on your collective foreheads) the WAR IS OVER ! !
Sorry folks, but that does still mean something, especially in these faux-cynical times. Do you actually believe that John McCain, or any Republican, would have ended the occupation by now? Ron Paul doesn't count.
By far the most important and divisive American foreign action since Vietnam - representing the most profound moral and political questions of our time - has been brought to a close. But no one is cheering, and certainly very few people, even folks who should know better, are giving Obama any credit.
Sorry, but President Barack Hussein Obama gets my everlasting praise and certainly my vote for re-election next year. And all my holier-than-thou, Obama-is-no-better-than-Bush comrades can just lean over and kiss my working-class Left-of-Lenin ass right where the sun don't shine. Grow up, you contemptible idiots.
The president didn't say he'd make it right, he didn't say he could repair the damage or heal the wounds or somehow make it all worthwhile and justified. He simply said he'd end the war. And he did.
The last time my elected representatives ended a war was the Democratic congress back in the early '70's when they finally cut military funding for the Vietnam war crimes. Barack Obama just did essentially the same thing, on his own, backed by those American people who still have a sense of shame and justice. We said "Stop these crimes!" And the man who would be president listened. And he acted.
But that is apparently not good enough for too many of my fellow contemptible American idiots. Ah well, maybe you'll all grow up a bit by the time they require you to buy affordable health insurance. Now there's a real crime.
Lawrence J. Maushard is a journalist and author living in Portland, Oregon. More of his work at www.maushard.com or just google his name.