Monday, September 16, 2013

Sirens Of Isolationism

"Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over - But had me believing it was always something that I'd done"

Does such a delightful ditty sexfully apply to diplopolitical chiz in the New Millenium?

Oui mon captian!

Occasionally, even boring asseted inapropriate handwringing handwringers can put steel on target with patently dated sourmouthings

Money Shot

To leave the global arena as the isolationists want us to do just lets actors whose motivations are even worse than ours call the shots.

That is what will happen in the Middle East if we aren’t engaged. Iran will have the run of the place. Assad will butcher tens of thousands more people. Hezbollah will control Lebanon and arm itself to the teeth for the next war with Israel. Put humanitarian concerns—for example, that we should step in to stop the slaughter of innocents—completely to the side. There’s a hard-headed argument against isolationism, and it’s precisely this: A world without Great Satan's military would in fact be an operatically more violent and ruthless world than the one we have, and one in which blowback would be much more likely to hit us where we live one day.

We’re deep in the world, like it or not. Think about the people who’d like to see Great Satan retreat into isolationism. Not a pretty group. The isolationists would plunge the world into chaos as a matter of “principle.”

Pic - "Realpolitk Return?"