Thank You Glenn, for finally admitting the truth about the mess in Iraq
I just want to say THANK YOU for finally admitting that you and your conservative ilk were wrong about the Iraq War. It took you a dozen years or so, but hey, better late than never.
Granted, I have to say, when you decided to finally admit your wrongs on Iraq, I didn’t really agree with every angle you had on it. Seeing as you are Glenn Beck, I couldn’t bring myself to agree with you completely. Yet, Glenn, there is one strong point that you made that I think is crucially important. This importance applies not just to Iraq, but to other important issues as well.
Coming out on air and admitting that Iraq was a mistake is important, not necessarily because of your personal significance, but for what it represents: a growing trend among conservatives that is turning away from the interventionism of the past.
Not only did you admit that going into Iraq was a mistake, but rightfully pointed out that no more blood and treasure should be spilled to fix a situation that is nearly unfixable. Iraq is the one humpty-dumpty that the US cannot put back together again.
Now, granted, many conservatives are still toeing the line. Many still claim that Iraq was not a mistake, and that the current situation is basically all Obama’s fault. Normally, Glenn, I would have thought you would have just joined the crowd on the right and use the Iraq situation as an opportunity to attack Obama. Instead, it seems , perhaps for the first time, you showed a little integrity by speaking honestly to your listeners about what is wrong in Iraq and how we got there.
There is a growing consensus by many on the left and right about the nature of our interventionist policies and the negative effects they cause. While people on the right and left are divided on so many issues, it seems that in foreign policy, of all places, conservatives and progressives can come together and oppose further costly interventions.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure we disagree on just about everything else, so I won’t be signing up for the Glenn Beck fan club anytime soon. Having said that, I do think your voice on matters such as Iraq can be important. There has to be some voices capable of spreading the reality of the Iraq fiasco to conservative audiences, and I think you can be very helpful in this regard.
Iraq truly is a mess, and I am glad that someone on the far right is able to speak honestly about what is so wrong and why. Rather than use the crisis to score political points, we need to understand what went wrong and why there is no putting the genie back in the bottle.
If liberals and conservatives can work together toward a common cause as noble as opposing interventionism, then we are headed in the right direction. As much as we will disagree on everything else, we should cherish what we can agree upon and work together to accomplish these common goals and interests. Thank You, Glenn Beck. Finally you saw the light. Now if only you’d stop calling for President Obama’s impeachment.