Dick Cheney The Ol’ Neocon Bastard

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Compare the philosophic differences in the following quotes:

She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart….Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

John Quincy Adams, 4 July 1821

As quoted recently by Dick Cheney:

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan said, “If history teaches anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.”

One knows he is on the right track when neo-cons start up with their tired tirades. The two good things Obama has done in the last six years is to “end” our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq and draw down the size of the Armed Forces. Regarding the latter, America has done so after every war before World War II. Yet after that war, we actually grew our military, to combat an imagined threat in the Cold War, thanks in part to Truman’s missteps and Ike’s missed opportunities to open up talks with the Soviets in the early-mid 1950’s.

Cheney seems to have forgotten that putting Iran into the Axis of Evil in the 2000’s nixed a reformist Iranian governmnet and brought Ahmadinejad to power. Does he also forget that Kuwait was carved out of Iraq by the British? Or that modern Near East states were created by the Allies post-World War I? How our loans to Saddam during the Iraq-Iran War collapsed an Iraqi economy that had been on the rebound before the war? That both reasons led Saddam to invade Kuwait? Does he remember we fed supplies and money into the Iraq-Iran war? Or what of Afghanistan – that we did the same to the Mujahideen and Taliban fighters to spite the Soviets?

Does Cheney, who views the surge with warm feelings because of its “success” understand it was necessary because Rumsfeld refused to understand the concept of invading with overpowering numbers? Would Cheney be able to honestly tell us he believes the American Way is not a cookie-cutter experience for all peoples in all places in all times? If not, I would suggest he read Orestes A. Brownson.

No, the clear evidence Dick Cheney sees he wrongly interprets. The world has not spoken any clearer in telling America to return to its Enlightenment principles. The world does not need another Imperal parent. Spurn Churchill’s desire and lay the British Empire to rest.

In Cheney’s view:

Tragically, [Obama] is quickly proving…that without American pre-eminence, there can be no world order.

As Marcus Aurelius tells Maximus in Gladiator, empire does not mean the end of war for there will always be someone left to fight. We should care to recall that the world was so ordered before America and will be so after America. What is world order other than individuals [nations] acting in their own best interests? Obama cannot be any more right in saying “[a]ny world order that elevates one nation above others cannot long survive.” As Brownson argues, America or any other nation, does not exist in and of itself, it exists as so Divinely created. Exclude the Divine to one’s own peril. What is peril other than to view one’s country as the benefactor of civilization and order?

I hope Dick Cheney’s march takes him straight to the insane asylum.


Perhaps Kerry Isn’t That Bad A Pick

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Well. He won three purple hearts.

And shortly he’ll be adding Secretary of State to that list.

If this was 1812 I’d be somewhat nervous that he was being groomed for the Presidency. But it looks like Obama has found a way to keep American foreign policy relevant for the 21st century. Okay, maybe not relevant, but what foreign head of state would want to continue talks when faced with Kerry’s droning tone?

Gosh, maybe if we send Kerry to China for a long enough period, they’ll forgive our debt so long as he’s recalled back to the U.S.

China & U.S. Debt, Briefly


I’ve taken a break from talk radio the past few months since the only thing being discussed is “Obama did this” and “Obama did that”. Enough already. I haven’t heard anything new about the man’s fault since he began his presidential campaign. He’s evil incarnate, I think we understand that now.

However, when I do tune in, the other topic of interest to me is the ballooning national debt and China’s ownership of one trillion dollars of that debt. I will step out on a limb and venture to say that no matter what one’s political bent, everyone would agree U.S. debt is out of control. I like to imagine that even Alexander Hamilton is dumbstruck.

I love the question talk radio throws around: What happens when or if China calls in the debt?

As bad as things are, that is the wrong question to ask. What we should asking instead is: What are the strings China’s attached us to? Because the rest of Conservative wisdom is right, that being so heavily in debt is a threat to national security like no other. Being tied down economically is the quickest way to render a nation enslaved in everything they might wish to do.

Think of how the World Bank dictates to its borrows how they must behave in order to receive or continue receiving loans. To me, the fear is the same – that the U.S. will never be able to repay what it has borrowed. That may be the true sum of all America’s fears. We fought a war of Independence so as to rule ourselves as we wish. If we do not repay in kind, we may as well be the dragon puppet on the hand of China, who can use us to do as they like on the international scene.