Sunday, March 19, 2006

History's Judgment

I still think it was the right decision to make. But history will judge.

President Bush on Iraq, 12/19/05


I think the outcome, the judgment, of all of this needs to await history.

Condoleeza Rice on Iraq, 3/16/06


Fortunately, history is not made up of daily headlines, blogs on Web sites or the latest sensational attack. History is a bigger picture, and it takes some time and perspective to measure accurately.

Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq, 3/19/06


To a certain extent they're right, of course; we won't know for years how the mess in Iraq will resolve itself. But no matter how bad it gets, we know now what the faith-based mantra will be going forward.

Just as patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, citing history's inevitable judgment is the last resort of an incompetent.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Antonie said...

They're correct. In due time, history's judgment will be the final verdict on all this madness. However, the administration insinuates that judgment will be on its side. Why be so sure?

What will the verdict be? Maybe:

- On Rumsfeld: He did not have a plan.

- On Bush: He was a fighter, but fought in the wrong place.

- On Rice: She was loyal to a fault.

We will all long be gone, when the final results will be in.

3/19/2006 9:53 PM  
Anonymous howard said...

to combine your previous post and this one, history will certainly judge that the press cravenly abandoned the oppositional stance that the first ammendment exists to support until it finally became clear that bush-ism was a fantasy from which america, in 2006, decided to awake even without the media's help getting there.

as for history's judgement, as lord keynes told us so long ago, in the long run, we're all dead, so i'm prepared to make my judgements in the here and now, namely:

worst strategic blunder in decades, carried out by ideologically blinkered thugs who "kiss up and kick down," all inspired by the boy king....

3/20/2006 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Seattlite said...

"History will judge us" has been popping up this week at rightie blogs. I disagree that these folks think that judgement will be positive though. I think these folks are starting to see just how hideous this war has turned out to be but, confused by their new found embarrassment, this is their way of acknowledging their mistakes.

We should expect "History will judge us" to morph into "The jury is still out" shortly .... and we'll hear that for years and years even as Iraq is broken apart and Ledeen's Middle East cauldron fills with blood and cranks out the next generation of terrorists.

3/20/2006 11:39 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

And let us not forget Tony Blair's speech to the Congress: "History will forgive us."

3/20/2006 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"History will judge us" does not entail that only history may judge them, nor that, in the long undefined interim until history speaks, they may not be judged based on the the undeniable facts of the Iraq debacle: the demonstrably false propagada to justify invasion, the numbers of dead and wounded; the treasure squandeder and stolen; and the uncounted Iraqis killed.

Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," demonstrates that history continues to judge Abraham Lincoln. Regardless of those judgments in the 141 years since, on the morning of April 15, 1865, it was a physician's judgment that Lincoln was dead.

3/20/2006 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about this:
To G.W.B.: He was a perfect puppet on the strings of Bin Laden's money.

To D.R.: He was a good soldier, taking care that all fellows made much money.

To C.R: As an offspring of a southern cotton picker clan she inherited enough Ehrgeiz to betray any political ideal that brought her up. To say it with Rumsfeld: much better than von Ribbentrop.

And what is to say about Dick Cheney?
Who has the historical role of the severe nanny to the spoiled Bush offspring, taking care that the rascal keeps track? The only risk for the fellowship of robber barons was, that G.W.B. started to believe what they told him to tell us. Well, it's over soon and history will reveal, or not.

(I don't have an account here, but my name is Norbert, German. And: thanks for this great Blog.)

3/21/2006 10:17 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

If and when "history" judges this administration to have been brilliant and the folly in Iraq is seen as the start of a new Golden Age, I'll be happy to apologize and say that I was wrong. Have them call me when that happens.

Right now the judgement is that this administration is not just responsible for a foolish and criminal war, but is actively ruining our nation, and undermining our Constitution.

3/21/2006 11:26 AM  
Anonymous CaseyL said...

"History will judge us"?

Waitaminute. Didn't Bush, on the eve of the war, shrug off Woodward's question about how history would judge him?

Why, yes, I believe he did. He said that how history wasn't important because "we'll all be dead."

So now he's running for history's embrace? Well, gosh, it's nice to know he has a Plan B for his legacy. Too bad he never had a Plan B for anything else - like, say, the freaking war.

The only way history will judge the Bush Admin and its followers kindly is if only idiots are writing it.

3/21/2006 9:24 PM  
Anonymous kay said...

call me a skeptic. history has been busy justifying the victor's rationale. even though what is happening over in iraq would become the hidden x-file of this generation, i still KNOW what is wrong and what is right. invading another country without being provoked constitutes war crime. the ends should not justify the means. i believe so and i will teach my child such.

3/21/2006 9:42 PM  
Blogger DrDave said...

TCR:

And let's not forget: [The wars in]"Afghanistan and Iraq will be studied for years for their brilliance." -- Dick Cheney, October 30, 2004

3/21/2006 11:08 PM  
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