Published: Sunday, Nov. 7 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT
George Will pining for the isolationism of Robert Taft. That's what you call
irony. Remember, it was conservatives, not liberals, who opposed U.S.
involvement in WWII. Is that really an end to which Mr. Will wants U.S. policy
to return? The term "partisan hack" comes to mind.
Not only for Democrats, but Republicans are sailing on their own version of
Titanic. Many in the Republican establishment have forgotten that the voters
dislike Republicans in Congress almost as much as they despise Democrats. This is way the Republicans are currently in a civil conflict about what
is will be in 5-10 years. Moderate Republicans have been hounded out of the
Party and accused as traitors as the uber-conservative Tea Party push their
anti-government agenda. Although the Republican establishment is saying it can
control the Tea Party extremists, the stars of the Tea Party, including Sarah
Palin and Michelle Bachmann, intend to remake the Party in their image.The lesson of 2010 is that few people are satisfied with their government
because it was unable to calm their fears and make their world better. The Old
West gunslingers who want to bring back the 19th Century and destroy what
Americans have built in this country think that somehow the Past is preferable
to the promise of Tomorrow. Little do they understand the American people.As the Republican Party withdraws further to the Right, the majority of
Americans are proclaiming their independence from Party affiliation.
"Do not assume that all freshman Republicans will support the current strategy
and objectives – whatever they are – in Afghanistan." It's of
interest to me that only Libertarians understood the folly of the Iraq invasion
and the folly of Afghanistan. Since there are some Libertarians in the tea
party movement, maybe some good will come of it, provided they get us out of the
middle east. We don't understand the middle east any better than the Soviets
did - they went to Afghanistan to die.
It was sad when the greeeeat ship went down! The great ship U.S.A.... to the
bottom of the morally and fiscally bankrupt democrat machine.
Roland, you have to be kidding, right? What makes you think the neoconservatives
have left the Republican party? It's all about making the world safe for
democracy (as they borrowed the term from Woodrow Wilson). The Republicans are
probably more guilty of global overreach than the Democrats, although Obama
didn't give much indication of imperial humility, either.
RE: Earl | 8:41 a.m.Actually history shows DEMCRATS and
progressive have been worst violators of global overreach and human rights, from jefferson to jackson, to Ted roosevelt, to to woodrow wilson to
fdr, to jfk and lbj, to Obama,from war on the barbary coast, to
spanish and mexican wars, cuban war, ww1, ww2, the cold war, korea, vietnam,
bay of pigs, the start of milutary industial complex, kosovo, bosnia, somalia,
from the monroe doctrine to indian displacements and manfest
destiny, slavery, interment camps, military bases world wide,all under the watchful guidance and care of democrats and progressives,many consider Bush 1, and bush 2 progressives, Yep, it is the democrats and the progessive that are
guilty of global overreach.What have true conservatives and true
conservative republicans actually ever done?end slavery? end
the vietnam war? end the cold war? cut and run from lebanon?stop a mass murdering dictator in iraq?try to stop radical muslim
extremism and a change the environment that fosters it?Can the
LEFT even see the truth past thier lies and fallacious claims?
@the truth: I should have been more specific about my reference. I was thinking
mainly in terms of this century that Republicans were more interventionist.As for your examples, you might want to reconsider them:The
Republicans were the only regime on the face of the earth ever to eradicate
slavery by declaring war and invading another nation (the Confederate States of
America).Vietnam ended when Democrats cut off Nixon's funding in
1975. Otherwise, he was ready to continue indefinitely.The Cold War
ended without Reagan and the Republicans. Gorbachev saw the writing on the wall
even without the "Star Wars" scenario. We should be giving him credit for
that.Reagan was foolish to send troops to Lebanon in the first
place. That was part of the global overreach I'm talking about.There
was nothing virtuous about invading Iraq or Afghanistan. It's our current
version of Vietnam.Eisenhower probably ignited the Middle East
hatred for Americans when he sent the CIA into Iran to overthrow the
democratically-elected president there.My point is that Democrats
and Republicans are two sides of the same coin. They're both interventionists.
There's no possibility of isolationism.
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