I arrived back from New York last night in time to see this exchange between Frank Gaffney and Christopher Matthews. David Korn was also in the discussion. Matthews was at his most memorable; abusive of his guests, raving, screaming. Gaffney was at his most egregious, insisting in this case that the idea that Saddam’s regime might have had this or that weapon, or might someday have decided to use it against the United States had been reason enough to invade and occupy the county. Korn looked reasonable and tried to insert into the diatribe the fact that there were international weapons inspectors in Iraq before the ’03 war who reported that they could find no WMD stockpiles or active programs. This attempted intervention mattered not. I left the room unable to watch this any longer.
The low point of the discussion came when Gaffney said that the 4,000 odd US soldiers who died in Iraq "had to die," as though they had died in a "crusade" to make all right. You remember, like the "Crusade in Europe?"
Well, my fellow Americans, these soldiers did not die in vain. They died for us in obedience to the orders of the government that your constitution created. Therefore, the responsibility for their deaths is ours. Some of you will believe that they have gone to something better. The rest of you will just have to live with it. pl