It was widely believed among the winking moonbats of the Paranoid-Far-Left that GWB and his cronies were taking the nation to war primarily as a faith-based initiative, on a crusade for god, glory, and black gold. Although thoughtful and learned people such as Hitchens and Rice had clearly articulated (respectively, to the public at large and to our highest-ranking public servants) the best possible reasons for liberating an oppressed people from a strangulating autocracy it nevertheless seemed possible that the Iraq war itself was the culmination of a foreign policy rooted in Christian dominionism. I was told time and again that the dominant reason for this conflict was not the liberation of an oppressed people, nor the resolution of a military conflict which had dragged on in various forms since 1991, but rather a blind faith in our nation's divinely mandated manifest destiny. I dismissed such talk as yet another straw-man attack, blithely assuming the worst of one's opponents. It seemed to me somewhat
overly cynical to impute the most regressive of fundamentalist thinking to savvy political players who surely would not partake of the pabulum of pulpit-pounding pastors.
Evidently, I was wrong. Mea culpa.