Don’t Be So Sure
Posted on March 21, 2011 by Lou
For some progressives it’s an easy call.
If you don’t want the United States as the world’s dominant military power, then you simply oppose any use of force.
After all, it’s hard to trust the government which brought you Vietnam and Iraq.
On the other hand, Kadafi is a brutal tyrant. And he’s crazy.
Why shouldn’t the U.S. military intervene to save lives?
I won’t try to solve this here.
I will admit, though, that I’m not aligned with those who believe American foreign policy is just plain evil. I’m not a Chomskyite or a Zinnist.
In fact, I’m a little bit of a cold war “revisionist.”
Tell me that doing away with the Soviet Union wasn’t good for humanity and civilization? And that despite McCarthyism, Vietnam, Chile, Nicaragua (I could go on), the United States wasn’t fulfilling its post-World War II mission by helping to liberate the people of Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Estonia, the Ukraine and even (god help them) Russia?
So we’ll see what happens in Libya.
I suppose it’s possible for the U.S. to get entangled and for Obama to take the fall.
But I can’t sort it out right now.
And for those who seem so certain, I can only say:
Don’t be so sure.