The US Under Threat
The American strategic position is as fraught as 1946 when it faced Stalin’s domination of Europe. Democracy around the world teeters on the brink. The US needs a massive military build-up, 100,000 more troops and a bigger navy. We have found another deadly enemy, another evil dictator “worse than Hitler”. There should be no space between the US and Bibi’s Israel.
After the last two wars we need another – this time, against Iran, the all-powerful global foe of the US which is ruled by enemies indistinguishable from Al-Quaeda.
Against this torrent of certifiable insanity in the candidates’ debate only Ron Paul stood out. Another war? A military build-up? Hang on, we’re bankrupt! And Iran would not be the only creepy nation to have the bomb. There is only challengeable evidence they are going to get it anyway. Are we going to fight another war against Moslems? And another after that?
It is only Paul who said that a feistier global role for a struggling US is incompatible with saving the country from budget disaster and that the US has got to pull back from Middle Eastern adventures not plunge into more of them. Thus Paul can ask like the imaginary mannequin of George Washington come to life in the museum basement of Gore Vidal’s playful fantasy The Smithsonian Institution, “And if they do these things (a nation on the other side of the world) why what business is it of ours, sir?”
Ron Paul is the authentic expression of the Jeffersonian spirit – no, the Washingtonian spirit. He heeds the advice of the great President Eisenhower warning in 1959 about the military-industrial complex. Now America surely has to start looking after its own people – the employees who have gone without real wage increases for 30 years, whose life savings were stolen by Madoff, whose homes halved in value, whose new health care is about to be ripped from them – and not embarking on another war, designed like the last one in the think-tanks of the neos and ultras.
“What we need is more war,” snarled Norman Podhoretz, founding neo-con when a few started questioning the wisdom of throwing an army into Iraq. Permanent war for permanent peace is what the neo-cons are still hankering for, while the great US slithers and slides to credit downgrade and permanent deadlock over necessary budget reform.
But listen to the Iowa debate. We are surrounded by crafty foes. Other nations are stealing from us. The president is Neville Chamberlain. Our land has never been so threatened. It is five minutes to midnight.