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Finally after ten years of bitter debates over when the United States is allowed to go to war, what a legitimate war is and how much intelligence, indignation and international approval is required before we go to war, the Obama administration has hand delivered the progressive definition of what a good liberal war is. If we can just analyze and break down the elements of what a good liberal war is, then we can be sure to have the support of the left in any future military campaign.
Bad War: A bad war is fought in response to an attack on the United States, the mass murder of American civilians, an attempted assassination of an American president and attacks on American aircraft.
Good War: A good war is fought on behalf of Islamic interests to the detriment of American interests.
Bad War: A bad war is initiated by the United States which gathers a coalition in support of its course of action.
Good War: A good war is initiated by France which eventually convinces the United States to go along because there’s an election coming up and it’s a chance for its failed leader to look tough.
Bad War: A bad war is a unilateral action fought by a coalition of 48 countries without United Nations approval.
Good War: A good war is a multilateral action fought by 16 countries under a fraudulent United Nations mandate that called for a cease fire and a no-fly zone, not the overthrow of a regime.
Bad War: A bad war is fought with bipartisan congressional support (at least until new elections approach).
Good War: A good war is fought while ignoring Congress and daring it to do anything to stop the invasion.
Bad War: A bad war is announced and explained to the American people in a presidential address before it happens.
Good War: A good war is announced and explained to the American people in a presidential address nine days after it has begun… that dares them to do anything to stop it.
Bad War: A bad war is fought with the support of 62 percent of the American people.
Good War: A good war is fought with the support of 26 percent of the American people.
Bad War: A bad war is fought against a murderous tyrant who failed to comply with UN disarmament resolutions.
Good War: A good war is fought against a less murderous tyrant who voluntarily disarmed and gave up his weapon stockpiles.
Bad War: A bad war is fought against a tyrant who was responsible for murdering close to a quarter of a million people in brutal campaigns of ethnic cleansing and with the use of chemical weapons.
Good War: A good war is fought against a tyrant who might have killed some civilians if we hadn’t intervened.
Bad War: “Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction are controlled by a murderous tyrant who has already used chemical weapons to kill thousands of people. This same tyrant has tried to dominate the Middle East, has invaded and brutally occupied a small neighbor, has struck other nations without warning and holds an unrelenting hostility toward the United States” (George Walker Bush, Oct 2002).
Good War: “In this particular country -– Libya — at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale… A massacre would have driven thousands of additional refugees across Libya’s borders, putting enormous strains on the peaceful –- yet fragile -– transitions in Egypt and Tunisia” (Barack Hussein Obama, Mar 2011).
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