Are the anti-neocons ready to reconsider? For years now, they’ve been lambasting us (presumed marionettes of Bushitlercheney) for unleashing war and misery on the world’s unfortunates, and death and mayhem on our own young fighters. They yelled, “Hands off! Let peace prevail! Or if it doesn’t, so be it; it’s not our problem.”
They yelled other things, too, mostly along the lines of “you can’t get a democracy in a place that’s never had it.” They vigorously deny that there is anything remotely resembling a universal impulse toward freedom.
Some of them, now in the Peace and Love room, or in the White House residence, where policy is committed, remain convinced that most of the world’s problems are our fault, and they are unwilling to take action against foreign nations whose regimes rest on the same conviction. Better to talk. That way, our (soon-to-be-former) enemies will see that we have learned our lesson, and so we can All Get Along.
They called it “leading from behind.” In normal English, it’s “retreat.”
Are they pleased with the results? As America withdrew from the world, we got new wars. Terrible wars, complete with weapons of mass destruction (Syria), ethnic and tribal slaughter (Nigeria, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran), a revived al-Qaeda (whether “core” or “peripheral”), and growing involvement of the likes of Moscow and Tehran in areas where we used to have something to say.
The main thing is the slaughter. Have you looked at Venezuela or Ukraine today? The Iranians–officially–hung more than a dozen citizens today. Don’t those big crowds of demonstrators remind you of the anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations in Egypt? Or of the anti-Khamenei demonstrations in Iran?
All these monster demonstrations have taken place during the Obama years, the years of retreat. We didn’t organize them, any more than we organized the Syrian resistance to Assad, or the Iranian resistance to Khamenei. In my view, we should have, but we didn’t. So who are the anti-neocons going to blame them on?