Jensen: The upside to losing Iraq? An empire falls:
The recent election was decided on values? I don't think so, not on moral values, anyway, and certainly not on the enlightenment values that defined our nation two and a half centuries ago. When you compromise--or jettison--values of democracy, civil liberties, freedom of speech, the right to dissent, and due process of law (for starters), while at the same time alienating historic allies and inciting global hatred of America, all in the name of "security" (which is starting to look more and more like strategic interests), you've lost the war before it starts
"The fact the Bush administration says we are fighting for freedom and democracy (having long ago abandoned fictions about weapons of mass destruction and terrorist ties) does not make it so. We must look at the reality, no matter how painful. "