Tuesday, February 01, 2011
  Isolationism comeback?

It's interesting to watch the various commentators responding to the events in Egypt. Obama is, of course, continuing all Bush policies seamlessly, and the usual party hacks are responding to this in their usual way. Republican hacks are wildly against the Bush policy because it now carries the horrible satanic name of Obama. Democrat hacks are wildly for the Bush policy because it now carries the magnificent godlike name of Obama.

But some of the semi-independent types (eg Jerry Doyle, Jason Peters) are beginning to think more independently than usual, beginning to wonder if it's time to stop meddling in other countries, time to stop influencing other countries, time to start treating other countries like adults.

We can do plenty of good by showing specific respect to countries and factions, as we did with the little Baltic countries from 1940 to 1989. Because we had consistently recognized them as real countries during their Soviet occupation, they respected us in return. We didn't lift a finger to help them, and that turned out to be the best approach.

Whatever a country wants to do within its own borders is none of our damn business; it only becomes our business if and when the country directly attacks us. At that point our business is to delete the attacking country from the face of the earth.

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How I got back to isolationism:

In 1996, Newt's grand accomplishment of welfare reform, still the one and only good thing done by the US govt in my lifetime, caused me to support Newt's party. Then 9/11 stirred some form of patriotism, which kept me from fully analyzing the multiple signs that Sultan Bush was fighting the wrong wars. In 2006, the Dubai ports fiasco woke me up. I had to assemble all the signs and determine that Sultan Bush was objectively working for the other side, even if his cute little walnut-sized brain might not have understood what he was doing. Because he was stuck in the Nixon-Kissinger model of universal intervention, universal influence, playing every game on every side, he ended up doing exactly what Sheikh Osama wanted him to do. Sultan Bush was deeply and murderously meddling in two countries that had not attacked us, and kissing the hem of the filthy Arab Crown Prince in the country that had attacked us. And the current president continues following Kissinger.

After that, I slowly evolved back to my original isolationist view after encountering the harsh unbreakable logic of Michael Scheuer.

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I was way too slow to understand the truth, but my awakening didn't matter. Now it's refreshing to see awakenings in a few people whose voices are actually heard.
 


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