|Liberal isolationists||They will love us if we are nice to them||They will never love us|
|Liberal interventionists||They will love us if we kill their enemies||They will never love us|
|Neoconservatives||They will be grateful if we kill their enemies||They will never be grateful|
|Conservative isolationists||They will leave us alone if we leave them alone||They want what we have|
|The Pentagon||Total war is finished, so we’ll just hit them with drones||Limited wars can never be won|
|Obama||We can’t beat them, so let’s join them||Strong enemies are worse than weak ones|
|Tea Party||Israel is our friend through thick and thin||States do not have friends|
As the White House toys with thoughts of yet another Middle-Eastern intervention amidst an ever-louder chorus of demand to “do something“, nevermind the outcomes of the last two, still fresh even in memories of journalists, perhaps it is worthwhile to review the still-being-paid wages of another well-meaning bout of humanitarianism.
It is not that we are even discussing the law of unintended consequences of high-minded policy, but rather the well-documented and fully-well expected outcomes of boneheaded policies that are still claiming lives of brave Americans. A wise man once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and each time expecting different results. How long can we continue tolerating moronic policy of spilling blood and treasure on the thankless sands when we can ill afford to fritter away either, especially as we are about to become drawn into yet another French-led pseudo-colonial adventure?
In looking forward at the shape of history to come it is difficult to be sanguine about continuing world peace, even such as it has prevailed in the first years of this century. No bloviatings about end of history or violence reduction can hide the fact that the laws our interrelations have not been repealed and that the age-old patterns of rise and fall of empires are more than likely to recur. Continue reading