Don’t you remember way back, like four or five years ago, when to talk about winding down a war was condemned as “cutting and running?” When to even question the president’s thinking on the matter of our various foreign military involvements was labeled as unpatriotic, that it was undermining our brave troops who were out there in harm’s way?
Well, today’s Republicans are betting you don’t remember, either. Now that we have a Democratic president running things, it’s all right to question motives like getting involved in a war overseas just to topple a dictator. And now that Afghanistan has lost its luster, we can simply label it “Obama’s War,” and agitate to withdraw the troops without fear that we’re undermining their morale in the process. That’s the wonderful thing about short memories.
But if you’re subversive enough to actually remember the old days, maybe you’ll recall that Republicans always took us to war for righteous reasons, like weapons of mass destruction, yellowcake, and “He tried to kill my daddy. You know, the same daddy that didn’t finish the job the last time, so I’m gonna prove I’m a better president than he was.”
Well, if you can’t come up with any righteous reasons, at least you can take solace in the fact that back then we could afford to pay for our wars. We just took them off the books. It was that simple, and it was the patriotic thing to do.
We waved our hands, and “PFFT!” the debt was pushed off for another day. Easy payment plan. It would never come back to haunt us. At least, not during a Republican administration.