"You may think that you have felt dumb before, but let me tell you something: until you have stood in front of a man who knows real pain and told him that you are against your country's alleviation of his country's state-sponsored murderous suffering, you have not felt truly, deeply, like a total fucking moron.Now I don't necessarily care for the 'Rove is as evil as they come' bit but at least Simmermon is reconsidering his past positions.
"I still am no Bush fan, and I know that America got lied to. I know we shouldn't have gone, and I think Rove is as evil as they come. But through all this deception and lying, through all this dismemberment and pain, America has wrought a beautiful, fantastic side effect: joy, freedom and a hope for peace. Does it take lies and misdirection to do this?? Is this what the other side of justice is? I feel like such a whiner and I don't know what to think anymore. Ultimately, in total defiance of my mother and grandmother's teachings, two wrongs have made a right and my moral compass is tired and busted."
As for the pro-war folks Totton notes that the Abu Ghraib scandal was what rocked the moral foundation of the pro-war folks. I personally don't agree with this. Either Totton was naive about war in general or he made unrealistic promises to people.
War is war. During WWII there were cases of Canadian soldiers shooting German prisoners on the spot. Of course we can say that this is wrong but can any of us say that we are truely surprised by it.
The same applies to American soldiers today. Bad shit happens, and in every group of people there will be some bad apples. How could this simple fact have surprised Totton or anyone else for that matter?
As embarrasing as Abu Ghraib was for the American forces, we should appreciate the fact that what happened there was considered the low point of the entire operation. Given the history of war, Abu Ghraib in fact reinforces how professional the American military actually is.