Whose “Past” Is It….?

Charles Krauthammer is a commentator I enjoy although I rarely agree with him politically. He seems honest and he has an understated dry sense of humor that appeals to me. Although I have given up hope on all the talking head shows (does either the left or the right really care who is in charge as long as they can still bash each other?) I did catch a comment of Krauthammer’s last night on Fox which disappointed me, although it did not surprise me.

 He complained about Mr. Obama’s failure to give credit to Mr. Bush for leaving us a ‘democratic ally in the form of Iraq” in the Middle East.

What Iraq has can only be called a ‘democracy’ in comparison with what exists for goverment elsewhere in the Middle East, and calling them an ‘ally’ is dubious at best. You know who your allies are when the chips are down and I just can’t see Iraq running to our rescue if ever the need should arise.

William Faulkner said in another context  “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” I would argue that not only is the ‘past’ alive and kicking, we can’t even agree on what is the ‘past’.


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Dishwasher, bartender, cook, house painter, movie usher, Marine helicopter pilot, teacher, administrator, teacher again, retired teacher, Secular Franciscan, Lay Ecclesial Minister- it's been an interesting ride.
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