Analogies In the News

GazaI’m not prepared to declare my support for any of the often deadly factions seeking to make changes to the lives of the peoples living in what used to be called the Near East, but a terribly unbalanced conflict is killing innocent people in Gaza and it must be stopped. I like Bill Maher and wouldn’t miss his Friday night broadcast (unless John Oliver was on opposite him); still, not everything Maher says is finest-kind.

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A Champion Chickenhawk

KristalHere’s what Bill Kristal, that architect of disaster, wrote in The Weekly Standard:

Are Americans today war-weary? Sure. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars
have been frustrating and tiring. Are Americans today unusually
war-weary? No. They were wearier after the much larger and even
more frustrating conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. And even though
the two world wars of the last century had more satisfactory
outcomes, their magnitude was such that they couldn’t help but
induce a significant sense of war-weariness. And history shows
that they did.

So American war-weariness isn’t new. Using it as an excuse to
avoid maintaining our defenses or shouldering our responsibilities
isn’t new, either. But that doesn’t make it admirable.

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