On Belated Converts

Flip-flop, flip-flop, flip-flop.

In some circles, it's inexcusable to have ever given Gee-Dub's criminal syndicate administration the benefit of the doubt. It's tempting to write off anybody who was ever . . . (Stupid? Naive? Gullible? Ignorant? I don't really think any of these terms quite fits, so let's just say . . .) trusting enough to suggest we should give Bush a free hand because of 9/11. To paraphrase a correspondent's observation about Andrew Sullivan's journey from enthusiastic support for to vehement opposition to the administration's war policy, Iraq and other dangerous debacles have made it "one Hell of an expensive lesson."

Even so, to the extent that we can actually distinguish those who really get it from those who are simply following the polls, we need to treat the former with some decency and respect, lest they be subsumed by the latter. Because even if we can't quite forgive whatever particular set of beliefs and assumptions led an individual to support the administration, what's important is that they've come around. Hostility and recrimination will not undo the past; they can only hinder the important work to come.

The forces of good need all the help they can get, because the fight is nowhere near over. It hasn't really even started yet.
The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism.

-Colin Powell
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