It has been apparent to many for some time that politics has become a field sport rather than a way to help solve the nation’s problems. The goal now seems to win elections at any cost rather than to move the nation forward. This is one of the more interesting opinion pieces we’ve seen in some time, especially when you consider the comparison between Benghazi and the events of Oct. 23, 1983.
I’m not a Democrat. I’m an anti-Republican.
The return of Benghazi is the latest evidence that the GOP is putting its unhinged obsessions before the good of the country
By Damon Linker
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Back in March 2013, I wrote a column titled, “Why I am no longer a Republican.” A more accurate though admittedly more ponderous title would have been, “One important reason among many that I am no longer a Republican.”
That important reason was the Iraq War, which I never supported and which the Bush administration and its legion of defenders in Washington and around the country justified in terms that struck me at the time as highly ideological, fundamentally anti-empirical, and more than a little paranoid. Let’s just say that nothing that happened after the initial invasion persuaded me that my original instincts were wrong.
If the Iraq War debacle had been an isolated incident — one that Republicans forthrightly acknowledged as a mistake and showed signs of learning from — it’s possible that I wouldn’t have bolted the party.