When facts are found to be in conflict with the principle, a realist will abandon principle; a fanatic will abandon facts.
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?
A perfect gift has once been wittily defined as being both expensive and useless, which brings to mind the gifts that France, in her generosity has bestowed upon the hapless United States, beginning with the Statue of Liberty, reaching crescendo with the Vietnam conflict and culminating with the Israeli alliance. Never has a country expended so much treasure, not to mention political capital, in the service of an ally who has done for it so little, except of course plunge it in wars, make it a target of guerrillas and offer up cover to its enemies.