Posted by: Rick | Saturday, October 10, 2009

More Nonsense From The “Free Lunch” Party

I go to Mark Steyn for my right-wing foreign policy bombast.  Here he is on Afghanistan:

In a recent speech to the Manhattan Institute, Charles Krauthammer pointed out that, in diminishing American power abroad to advance statism at home, Obama and the American people will be choosing decline.  There are legitimate questions about our war aims in Afghanistan, and about the strategy necessary to achieve them.  But, eight years after being toppled, the Taliban will see their return to power as a great victory over the Great Satan, and so will the angry young men from Toronto to Yorkshire to Chechnya to Indonesia who graduated from Afghanistan’s Camp Jihad during the 1990s.  And so will the rest of the world: They will understand that the modern era’s ordnungsmacht (the “order maker”) has chosen decline.  [Emphasis added]

“Legitimate questions” about Afghanistan indeed!  That’s because George W. Bush bugged out of there to start another war.

Eight years and several trillion dollars after 9/11, Republicans still want to party like it’s 2001.  In their world, military spending doesn’t count as real spending.  The USA must always be kicking ass somewhere or else somebody will be “emboldened” to attack us. 

Right-wingers can conceive of American power solely in military terms.  For them, any recalibration of the national interest that scales back a military commitment is — by definition — a retreat.  That’s no way to run a foreign policy.

John Maynard Keynes famously said, “When the facts change, I change my mind — what do you do, sir?”   He’d never make it at the Weekly Standard.

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