Archive for 'Imperialism'
If Obama sees his job as preserving the legitimacy of failed institutions above all else, I wish he would spare us the high-flown rhetoric and betrayals of hope.
“Lurking in Egypt’s police and intelligence files are mountains of materials on significant human rights abuses…. In some of these cases, the United States government knew what was going on or had agents in the room.”
“At the time described in this book, in fact, to put a Congolese to work or to get him to work, it was necessary to use a stick. Today, in certain environments, to send children or adults into the fields, it is necessary to do it with strong measures.”
Maybe Benjamin Netanyahu is disrespecting Barack Obama in part because he is black?
“The message couldn’t be plainer: Israel’s intransigence could cost American lives.”
Did Obama “court” Iran not because he wanted a deal, but as a gesture designed to fail? Did he set out merely to show the world that he was being reasonable, that he offered his hand and Iran refused?
The cost of America’s global empire is eroding democracy at home. It’s time to find new models, and a better way.
America needs to understand that the Muslim world isn’t judging us by our words, but by our actions. The way for the U.S. to earn trust is to change its behavior.
Attempting to use reason to defend unreason leads to moral bankruptcy. America is no longer the force for good it might once have been, it is a military dynamo and spreader of chaos. Subtle reasoning won’t change that. Only repentance can change that.
Ledeen: “Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day….” Klein: “Iraq wasn’t being destroyed by cruise missiles, cluster bombs, chaos, and looting; it was being born again.”