Kissinger rears his Cold War head and tells us how to get “out “ of the Middle East.
And how “we” need to reconstruct the Middle East.
It was our help “reconstructing” it after the fall of the Ottomans that caused the problems to begin with. Unless we are becoming colonizers, it’s none of our business how they “reconstruct” the Middle East. And if we are becoming colonizers, I want a TON more say in what goes on there.
Kissinger is an old Cold Warrior; his world is binary and it’s us v the Russians. He wrote his thesis on it, he got a Nobel on it, his entire life and fortune are based on it.
Here’s a path “out” of the Middle East: Leave.
All our presence has accomplished is decades of low-intensity terror and warfare; better to leave and let them have at it; our “engagement” only delays the inevitable – at the cost of thousands of Western lives.
The GOP runs on getting into stupid wars to show how tough they are, and the Dems run on not being a bunch of sissies and showing us they, too are willing to get into stupid wars – usually even MORE stupid than GOP wars.
We bombed Libya so a bunch of Liberal women could “prove” they were as tough as any male republican; we bombed them and killed an awful lot of people so that Hillary, Samantha Power and Susan Rice could say they had the balls to do so – NO strategic advantage accrued to us in doing so – but alot of people died.
Nearly all of the current federal officeholders are stuck in the Cold War; they are viewing “friends” and “enemies” instead of interests – and are going to get people killed due to their idiocy. “Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” –Plamerstom
If Russia was our enemy then, they must be our enemy now. When, in fact, Russia and we share the interest of annihilating islam – as we shared the interest of annihilating NAZIs.
(These idiots also think that – if they are not Russians, they can’t be enemies…)
Radical islam is on Putin’s border: Let him kill it. Stop with the nonsensical idea of a pre-modern, illiterate people even knowing what self-determination is, let alone wanting it for themselves… just go put it back in its box and move forward.
Will a power vacuum exist if we come home? Yes. So? Other Great Powers can fix the problems: India has nukes. China has nukes….
Is this the dreaded “isolationism”? You mean like the foreign policy of every president from Washington to Ike, except Polk, McKinley, Wilson, Truman & FDR? Sure – so what?
If China or Russia or India can get the US out of the way, one of them likely will tire of the pre-modern barbarism that is islam – and kill it. Good.
Most people – not just pols – believe that they each have had the success they have due to following the path they have taken. If and when events transpire to make the old ways obsolete – they cannot even recognize it. They are treading water so hard not to drown that they miss that a new life-raft just showed up next to them – but it requires seeing the world differently to grasp it and live.
We are being killed by islam; Putin is perfectly willing to go kill thousands of them – a life raft. Yet our pols are still living in the Cold War thinking Russia remains an enemy.
Was Stalin an enemy to the West? Sure. Did that stop us from allying with him to destroy a death cult brutally murdering millions for their belief? Nope.
An intelligent coalition would be a serious one: US, Russia, China nuking Islam for our common interests.
But But But – trade! Yeah, well, all this globalization nonsense has done is harmed the Western Middle Class. If terrorism and a logical response to terrorism – killing the bad guys – results in a bit less globalization and a bit more national independence — and jobs coming back to the West – that is NOT a bad thing, no matter what the GOP and Chamber of Commerce tell you.
I don’t go to work to improve the living standards of kids sewing soccer balls in Pakistan. Liberals hate capitalism to begin with, so really giving them any say in using capitalism to improve living standards is just ignorant and stupid. If Pakistan wants higher living standards, they can print a copy of the American Constitution from the web, follow it, and achieve wealth the same way we did. We CAN give them aid BECAUSE of our Constitution – all they have to do to NOT NEED our aid…. is to follow it.
Will a less-globalized world see less liberty? Have you seen liberty on the uptake in the past decade anywhere in the world?
The way back to liberty is to move forward in the Rule of Law – and THAT requires killing terrorism at its source. Is the Patriot Act adding to – or subtracting from – our liberties? Once the bad guys are killed, liberty can begin its forward progress again – just as it did after the NAZIs.
Will liberty be equally distributed globally? NOTHING is equally distributed globally. If it is slower to come to Saudi Arabia than Kentucky – that is NOT MY PROBLEM.
The Cold War is over. It’s time our pols recognized it and created the alliances necessary to defeat our 21st Century common enemy: Islam.
And let the damned middle east worry about itself. If Israel wants to survive they’re going to need to quit depending on us, kill their enemies… and start having children. Without that last, there is no point is defending them at all.