Hoping for failure

Kevin Drum (of CalPundit) has a nice thought in an entry about potential post-war plans for Iraqi oil. On the subject of seizing oil revenues as the “spoils of war,” he writes:

I can’t tell you how much I hope this isn’t true. I have no love for the Bush administration, but I’ve tried to give them the benefit of the doubt on their motives and conduct in the campaign against Iraq. But it’s getting harder every day.

The left frequently (and ridiculously) gets blamed for hating America, for hoping that America fails. What Kevin says reminds me that it’s just so much hypocritical rhetoric; we want to believe that the tax cut, the war plan, the foreign policy… that all the things the administration does are done with careful thought and genuine consideration of what’s really best for America. But over, and over—sigh, and over—it is made clear that that is so rarely the case. I very badly want to believe in and respect the government’s motives, but at every turn I’m reminded that the people who are driving the administration right now have very little respect for mine. As Kevin writes, “it’s getting harder every day.”