Saturday, June 28, 2014

Wuss Warmongers

Now, I'm not one of those starry-eyed touchie-feely idiots who want to end war forever. The last time we tried to end war forever was, well, 100 years ago, coincidentally, and it killed a hell of a lot of people. No, we're a warlike species, and we can't end war without changing human nature. And every time we try to change human nature, it blows up in our faces, so forget that.

No, what I want is to minimize war, and to do that, you avoid war unless it's absolutely necessary. See how that works? If you understand what conditions are, i. e., what human beings are actually like, you can try to arrange things so as to maximize the possibilities for peace. But if you don't understand these things, you end up with plenty of war and suffering, trying to turn sow's ears into silk purses.

Interestingly, the loudest pacifist voices our there currently seem to be calling for total war on everything. And this is going on simultaneously with a big denunciation of the Bush Administration for perpetrating the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, I denounce them, too, but I'm not planning to do the exact same damn thing all over again for slightly nuanced reasons, which is what the liberals are up to.

We're all tired of hearing nonsense about fighting for democracy in Iraq, or stopping terrorism by bombing goat herders (most of us are, anyway), so in order to re-invade everybody, we need new, improved nonsense, and the Obama Administration and its minions are working late into the night to develop such nonsense. Justin Raimondo, at http://antiwar.com/, brings us up to date on our new plan to fight the world for the right to cross-dress or whatever:

Political Correctness and Imperialism

They go together like peanut butter and jelly

by Justin Raimondo, June 27, 2014

With support for interventionism at an all-time low, the War Party is constantly on the lookout for fresh justifications of their failed and increasingly unpopular overseas meddling. The old saw about how "terrorists" mustn’t be allowed to establish "safe havens" is getting a bit stale, and was never all that persuasive to begin with: after all, the 9/11 attacks were planned in Hamburg, Germany. For the first time ever a majority of Americans think the ideal US foreign policy would be "minding our own business," as the wording of a recent Pew poll put it. So the old tart has to put on a new coat of paint and dress up in more fashionable raiment in order to keep her clientele and perhaps even attract some new ones.

Joe Biden is just the man for the job: brazenly opportunistic and happy to bloviate at a moment’s notice, the grandstanding Vice President declared this week that "protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions," according to NBC News.

"I don’t care what your culture is," he said, not telling us anything about American imperialism we didn’t already know. "Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice."

And arrogance is arrogance is arrogance: but when you’re the mightiest military powerin the history of mankind – oh, excuse me, humankind – the concept of hubris is one of those "unknown unknowns," to use a phrase popularized by Biden’s right-wing equivalent. Donald Rumsfeld’s arrogance came in a different color, to be sure, but underneath the wrapping the same product is being sold: the idea that the United States is and must be the moral arbiter and policeman of the world.

Hubris? Isn’t that a Greek dish, kinda like couscous only spicier?

The NBC report avers that the Obama administration’s effort, highlighted at a US government-sponsored conference addressed by Biden and National Security honcho Susan Rice, aims at "seeking to mobilize a global front against anti-gay violence," but that’s just the wrapping – when you look inside, it’s something else altogether. A "Fact Sheet" put out by the White House outlines comprehensive programs that are already in place and gives us a broad overview of the principle under which they operate. Under "Country Engagement," we are told:

"The United States regularly engages with host governments and civil society in countries that have discriminatory laws or are considering legislation that would criminalize consensual same-sex conduct between adults. We press to discourage passage wherever possible, and in cases where laws are on the books, to protect LGBT individuals from violence and discrimination that often accompany the enactment and enforcement of such legislation."
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Quibcag: This isn't technically a quibcag, because Joe Biden isn't technically a Cute Anime Girl, but he's still the perfect illustration for this. Back when I was getting yelled at by DI's at Ft. Campbell, Joe was busily dodging the draft along with Slick Willy and Dick Cheney so he could study hard at school to think up new reasons to send other people overseas to fight wars. His latest reason, of course, is to make the world safe for the cast of La Cage Aux Folles.

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