by Brad Nelson
This is more of an extended quip than an article proper. But I just wanted to give a sincere apology to the Paulbots, Paulinistas, Paulistianians, Paultards, or whatever you want to call them.
Although much like a stopped clock which is right twice a day, the Paulbots are indeed correct in their warnings (even if unsoundly anchored) regarding “Neocons” and there penchant for intervening where angels (but not the Marines) fear to tread.
I’m not all that sure what a “Neocon” is. But, generally speaking, it seems to have come to mean those who, when asked the question “What should we do about Issue X,” answer “I don’t know, but I’m fairly sure it means we need to launch a military response.”
I’ve been shocked and surprised to see so many supposed wise conservatives (including Dennis Prager, to some extent) get on board with the idea of choosing sides in Syria.
Egads, how screwed up we are (at least the political and commentary class) if this issue isn’t crystal clear? Stay the hell out. Do not (how do they say?) intervene. Non-intervention as a foreign policy may be shallow if simply “not intervening” is your one and only guiding policy. But in the instance of Syria, don’t intervene.
And I want to assure you that no one has hacked this site and posted something under my name. I agree with the Paulbots, in general, that conservatives, Republicans, and many others, are much too quick to want to get involved military, even if our reasons for that are different. (My foreign policy is more complex than simply “don’t intervene.”)
I won’t name names, but I’m rather shocked at the number of supposed wise conservative thinkers who suggested that we should take one side or the other (usual the “rebels”). As much as I make fun of the simplistic and usually misinformed politics of Paulbots, I will agree with them on this one issue, in general, all else being equal.
And as Mark Steyn would no doubt say regarding the various nuanced positions in regards to either supporting the “rebels” or the existing government in Syria, “We’re broke.” I would say that we’re ideologically bankrupt as well, although you could say that one tends to precipitate the other. • (1178 views)