Andrew Bacevich of Boston University had an interesting viewpoint on this Sunday’s Moyers & Company. Using my words, not his, his basic premise was that we have been involved militarily in the Middle East since 1980, what have been the results?
I thought that was an interesting concept. Rather than continuing to be told by the warmongering neocons that we have to continue to die in the sand over there, let’s take a look to see if it is paying off. Libya, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iran and others that we have dropped bombs in and shot people, are they better off? Are they hotbeds of democracy? Or terrorism? Booming economies? Or revolution? Do they love the US now? Or hate us?
I just thought that it was an interesting concept, that we have a 34 year history to look at and judge the success of. That this was not just a theoretical exercise anymore, not knowing if the noninterventionist road or the warmonger road was the way to go. Bacevich suggested that if what we have been doing for the past 34 years is not achieving the results we want, perhaps we should try something different. Radical idea. It is a thought though.
“We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.”
— Benjamin Harrison
(1833-1901) 23rd US President