The Nastiest Possible Message

Mark Morford at the San Francisco Chronicle writes a bitter op-ed piece today that summarizes the baseline non-cheerleading stance on the Iraq election:

“The ends do not justify the means. A barely democratic Iraq is fine and good, but you well know that if Bush had mumbled to the nation three years and $300 billion ago that we were going to start bombing this piss-poor country back to the stone age and gut the U.S. economy and put thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis in death’s way to deliver it, all while sending the nastiest possible message to the world and actually increasing the threat of terrorists while turning our backs on every major U.S. ally, I doubt that many Americans would have giddily waved the flag of support…”