A week of sloth. That about sums it up. I got in some ice fishing, drank too much, slept a lot and was generally a lazy blob. I needed it but enough is enough. Time to join the living world again.
I stayed up most of the night watching the news on the Iraq election. I came to have the same feeling I'd had watching the collapse of the communist governments in Eastern Europe and the destruction of The Wall. It was an historic moment. There will still be tough times ahead, the barbarians and the Baathists will not take this slap well and will crawl out of their holes again, but it's appropriate to savor and celebrate this moment. One more step in the long road to success in Iraq.
I spent a lot of time in the past week reading Leftist and Liberal blogs and thousands of the comments on them. I'm trying to understand where these people are coming from in their opposition to Bush in general and the Iraq war in particular. I have to say, I'm not getting most of it. But that's for another post.
I watched Sen. Kerry on Meet The Press yesterday and my perspective pretty much matches John Podhoretz's here.
All of the concern over "legitimacy" of the election and the lack of Sunni participation would be amusing if it weren't so deadly serious. Let's see, Sunni insurgency=lack of security in Sunni areas=disenfranchisement of Sunnis=Illegitimate election. Bullshit. The Sunni insurgents don't want fair representation, they want a return to the good old days where 20% of the population ruled and got the best of everything, leaving the rest with whatever scraps were left. That's not going to happen.
Neither is a theocratic government I think. The Shiites and the Kurds will find some Sunnis to work with in crafting a new constitution and there will be more elections later this year in Iraq, along with more violence. Ted Kennedy and other Democrats, not all, will continue their desperate attempts to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but the march will go on.
Stay the course.