Most of the principal advocates of the War in Vietnam have long ago admitted that their advocacy was based on calculations about domestic politics, but none of them, as far as I know, has expressed any shame about it.

As Jonathan Schell has elegantly demonstrated in a recent article for the Nation, almost exactly the same arguments which "justified" the War in Vietnam have been repeated to justify the American invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, and again, none of the principal architects of those catastrophic misadventures has expressed any shame about them.

And now yet another shameless President is selling a bigger war in Afghanistan with almost exactly the same specious arguments as Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush, and his shameless supporters will repeat those same specious arguments in Congress and in the press and on hundreds of political blogs.

Jacob Freeze

Jacob Freeze

I'm a painter and photographer who supplements his meager income by hurling rotten fruit and screaming "Welcome to the Bu!" at the Humvees of hedge-fund managers and their nightmare spawn who get stuck in the ridiculously narrow drive-through at McDonald's in Malibu. They inevitably poop their pants and abandon the vehicle, which I subsequently strip and sell for parts, and that is how I can afford to live in Malibu.