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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/6138/good-for-rod-dreher/

Good for Rod Dreher

January 13, 2007 by

From conservative author Rod Dreher, of National Review and the Dallas Morning News, on a broadcast essay at NPR:

“As President Bush marched the country to war with Iraq, even some voices on the Right warned that this was a fool’s errand. I dismissed them angrily. I thought them unpatriotic.

“But almost four years later, I see that I was the fool….

“The fraud, the mendacity, the utter haplessness of our government’s conduct of the Iraq war have been shattering to me….

“I turn 40 next month — middle aged at last — a time of discovering limits, finitude. I expected that. But what I did not expect was to see the limits of finitude of American power revealed so painfully.

“I did not expect Vietnam.

“As I sat in my office last night watching President Bush deliver his big speech, I seethed over the waste, the folly, the stupidity of this war.

“I had a heretical thought for a conservative – that I have got to teach my kids that they must never, ever take Presidents and Generals at their word – that their government will send them to kill and die for noble-sounding rot – that they have to question authority.”

Thanks to Glenn Greenwald, who found and transcribed this.


George Gaskell January 13, 2007 at 12:00 pm

I have got to teach my kids that they must never, ever take Presidents and Generals at their word

Nor Mr. Dreher, apparently.

Aakash January 13, 2007 at 5:52 pm


Thank God that more and more conservative commentators – even from those organs that have been dynamically against our pro-liberty positions – are seeing the light.

Thanks for posting this!

RogerM January 15, 2007 at 8:28 am

Ron Dreher is no conservative, and no friend of liberty. Read his book, “Crunch Cons…” Chapter 2 is a pure Marxist rant against free markets. My guess is he likes the attention the left gives him for claiming to be a conservative while opposing all that conservatives stand for.

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