Where is the Left’s Passion on the Iraq War?


I had an interesting dinner conversation the other night that came around to a discussion about American involvement in the Iraq War. One question hanging over the table was about the lack of real passion about ending the war.

At the outset of the Afghan adventure, I remember large protests and gatherings at the capital, my students walking out of class for a protest, and people all over the country gathering to protest, discuss, and pray. In the past few years, despite growing opposition to the war, it seems that protest has all but disappeared.

A lot of it seems to be that the media have done a nice job of marginalizing dissenters, some of it might be the constant distractions of fake news, and a great deal could be the distractions we choose to fill our lives with. Am I missing something? Is it just my part of the world? Or have people, despite opposing the war, bought into the conservative Democrat argument, that we must continue to fight?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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I think it’s despair. Apathy born of despair and hopelessness. I think the election really whipped a lot of us progressives.

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