This week sees a jarring confluence of events: The 10-year anniversary of the debacle that was the Iraq War, the airing Friday of a new documentary on its chief architect, the snarling, lying, will-he-ever-go-away piece of pure evil Dick Cheney; and the surreal moment today when Obama reportedly defended his secrecy on drones with, "This is not Dick Cheney we're talking about here" - the sort of defense, one observer notes, "Dick Cheney would probably use, were he not already Dick Cheney." More on all these, with a look at the current doings of what Wonkette calls those "paragons of American exceptionalism" - aka all those people you never wanted to think about ever again, from Bush and Cheney to Feith and Tenet - who crafted a war that at last, newly released estimates killed 116,000 Iraqi civilians and cost the U.S. $810 billion, with no discernible good resulting. And no, those responsible are not, as they should be, spending their days repenting, working with wounded veterans, standing in the dock at the Hague, or otherwise being made to pay for the evil they wrought. Some day, hopefully, as Martin Luther King Jr. would have it: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
"I did what I did...and it's all part of the public record and I feel very good about it. If I had it to do over again, I'd do it in a minute."