You can't make this stuff up.
Jonah Goldberg, big man over at the National Review, has essentially argued that "Hey, so what if Bush lied? So did FDR!". I don't understand why he stops there and doesn't continue with "and so did Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln", but hey, a lot more people read his stuff than mine.
He argues that being a responsible President means lying once in a while for a good cause. If the American people are reluctant to get behind the latest war not on our soil, nothing wrong with a little brazen deception to get them over those silly moral scruples.
Even if I conceded that WWI, WWII, Iraq, the Spanish American and the Civil War (or whatever you wish to call that conflict) were worthy causes, why is it that Jonah entirely fails to see the precedent set here? Why is he (and every idiot conservative these days) so unwilling to imagine that we might not always have a "good" President? Seriosuly, if we just credulously back whatever President is lying to us today, how long before we are looking back and wondering how we could have done something so awful? (like, say, murdering a few million people).
Now to rip into liberals. What is with all the wailing about a President who lied us into war? They seriously didn't see that coming? They too just credulously lapped up whatever the President dished out, and most of them have only been "brave" enough to come out against the war after the majority of the American people are already doubtful. Pathetic, ineffective, sniveling little spineless jerks. They no more dislike war or even this war than Bush does, they just smell political blood and are coming in for what they hope is the kill.
Evil lurks around us constantly, according to the State and those who love it. If it's not the Huns, the Rebels, the Philipinos, or the Spanish, it's the Nazis, the Soviets or the Terrorists. There is always SOME horrible enemy about to destroy our way of life, and I suspect there always will be. Just give them more power, sacrifice a few more liberties, look the other way a few more times, and our country will be safe and made great yet again! Even WWII, where there was some serious evil to fight, ended up not with us liberating the world but instead leaving half of Europe under tyranny and giving us an even greater threat to fight and to use as an excuse to curtail more liberties, support a "totalitarian bureaucracy within our shores" and basically argue that Liberty is for chumps.
Sorry about the somewhat incoherant rant here, I must be in some kind of bad mood. Tired of being called a chump, maybe.