The hypocrisy card

Spend two minutes looking at online comments about any political news story and you'll find yourself knee-deep in whining about who did what first.

  • You think Pat McCrory's a bumbling liar? Well what about Mike Easley?
  • Why should Republicans clean up coal ash? The whole mess got started under Democrats.
  • Extreme gerrymandering? You guys did it first.

The list goes on and on, with every current transgression excused by someone else's past sins. Even Vladimir Putin is using "they did it first" as the public justification for his invasion of Ukraine. Citing the US's military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, he claimed yesterday that Russia is only doing what America has done in the past. And he's right. Under the second President Bush, America did indeed invade and occupy two countries with no justification whatsoever. Thanks for nothing, George.

It's tempting to try to reduce these perennial pissing contests to an easy aphorism. Something like "Two wrongs don't make a right" comes to mind. But the reality is much more dangerous. Not only do two wrongs not make a right, they inevitably lead to a third, fourth or fifth wrong ... an endless spiral of immoral actions justified by the bad behavior of someone in past.

I don't have much use for accusations of hypocrisy and double-standards as the basis for defending one's positions. Make the case on its merits, precedent be damned.

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I am with you on Iraq, but I think the US was justified

in going into Afghanistan. Iraq was a totally contrived war, but A. no ... Is was a pseudo state that knowingly harbored and trained the folks who planned and executed attacks that killed 3000 Americans. We had a causus belli. If Bush 2 had stuck with A. and not shifted to Iraq, A. would have had a much better chance at surviving long term.

I don't totally disagree,

but we could (should) have been in and out in less than a year. The Northern Alliance may not have been an "ideal" replacement for the Taliban, but the current regime isn't much better. It's definitely not worth the baker's dozen years and lives we've spent.

Putin BS By the Nazi's In America and Ukraine!

Even Vladimir Putin is using "they did it first" as the public justification for his invasion of Ukraine. Citing the US's military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, he claimed yesterday that Russia is only doing what America has done in the past. And he's right. Under the second President Bush, America did indeed invade and occupy two countries with no justification whatsoever. Thanks for nothing, George.*My loyal Friend James reguardless of the Meds I am taking

Sorry James, you need to get up to Speed on this Putin thing that the American corporate media is putting out as disinfo on Putin

At this moment, there is no Russian military troops invading Ukraine on mass nor have they put one Russian Troop on Crimea soil except to station or beef up military personal on their Military Bases by 1000 personal increase which is allowed by Treaty with the present Ukraine goverment for the past 200 years. The number of Russian military personal is 26,000 which includes the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Port and out of Port along with 10,000 Russian Army Miltary personal to maintain the 2 Russian Airbases ..

"en masse"

I wondered how long it would take you to show up, Connie. Here's your man:

Putin on the Ritz, in case it isn't obvious. Hat-tip to Vicki Boyer for the needed distraction. ;)