Cognitive Dissonance

The recent polarization of American politics has been a tragedy for all involved, if only because one has to witness such mental disconnects as this:

On December 2, oft-linked blog-pundit Don Surber said this in regard to the “Rumsfeld wants change” memo:

But the machinations of the White House don’t matter because what happens in Iraq is up to the Iraqis, and has been for some time.


Let the lefties have the Rummy memo to drool over. Bush is in the Middle East, telling the boys that with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate, fun time is over. They either kiss and make up now, or they kiss their nation goodbye.

Something tells me that will get Maliki to throw caution to the wind and actually make a decision.

So, here we have the assertion that the future of Iraq is up to the Iraqis, and that the real driving force behind it all is that the Democrats have enough power to stop putting up with Bush’s “stay the course” idiocy.

Granted, I don’t think that’s what Surber intended, but when dealing with blind partisans, they tend to lose the tune after three or four sentences. Hey Jude, don’t make it bad. Take a sad song, and make it better. Blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. And blah blah blah. Hey Jude…

Now, a mere four days after that statement, what is Surber saying in response to the Iraq Study Group Report? This:

The Iraq Study Group just does not get it. This is not about the United States; this is about Iraq.

What is best for Iraq should be of paramount importance, not what makes the U.S. look good to our Saudi oil suppliers, or our French chefs, or our U.N. drinking buddies.

This is not Vietnam. This time we stay. Real men do not quit. Real friends stay. Real American patriots stand up for freedom.

All men are created equal.

Not all Americans — all men.

How dare James Baker and company show their faces in public after delivering these 79 recommendations for abandoning our allies in Iraq.

We have no right to leave now, to abandon Iraqis to the chaos we helped bring.

So, you see, the future of Iraq is all about Iraqis, unless someone other than Dubya suggests it. And real men stay, goddamnit, even if it means staying right behind their keyboard or the loaner car in a hometown parade. Those damn Iraqi insurgents can have my NumLock key when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers!

I’m not saying that everyone who supports a war has to be on the frontline any more than I would say that anyone who approves of the fire department should be willing to charge into burning buildings. However, if someone sat around outside each burning house saying “Booyah! Go get’em, hombre!” I’d probably knock their f’ing block off.

There’s a reason a number of independents fled from the Republicans last time around: we’re tired of you just making shit up to fit whatever the meme of the hour happens to be.

Iraq depends on the Iraqis, and has for some time!

But let’s not abandon them, because Iraq depends on us!

….errrr… ummm… and why don’t they believe in Jesus anyway?

This is, at least in the scope of my 35 years of life here on Planet Earth, a remarkable bit of right-wing stupidity. I expect this idiocy from the Daily Kossacks, the Huffington Posters, the Deaniacs… but such mouth-breathing nimroddian dipshittism from the rightwing does little but convince me that I am, truly, a man without a country, when it comes to politics.

We, the thinking, are surrounded by idiots.

Millions of them.

Note: Hmmm, Don’s “links to this post” used to have my blog entry listed. Now it’s gone. Echo echo chamber chamber.

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