WASHINGTON: Intervention is a disease with politicians. They must intervene in foreign countries to prove they can be strong, brave, loving, or righteous. American history lays out behind us no more cost in lives, limbs, and fortunes than intervention in foreign fields.
Both Rand and Ron Paul, as well as Tulsi Gabbard may disagree on a thousand points of politics, morals, and justice. But if 2 or 3 people this far apart can agree on one point, the rest of us should pay attention. There should be some illumination. Mainly because it was akin to the final advice of George Washington to his country:
“Keep out of European affairs.” – George Washington
Washington’s War Hawks
War lovers like John Bolton might remember this advice from the first U.S. president when shouting that the Monroe Doctrine is alive and well. We dropped that ball a long time ago. That is unless The Treaty of Versailles is too distant a memory.
As articulated in 1823, the Monroe Doctrine laid out four basic tenets that would define American foreign policy for decades.
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The first two promised that the U.S. would not interfere in the affairs of European states, wars or internal politics and that the U.S. would not interfere with European states’ extant colonial enterprises. In exchange, it stipulated that the Western Hemisphere was no longer open to further colonization and that an attempt on the part of a European power to colonize territory in the Western Hemisphere would be understood by the U.S. as an act of aggression.
Geroge Washington and the first strains of party politics.
He was both a Federalist (from Hamilton’s whispers) and Anti-Federalist (from Jefferson’s brilliance). But an examination of his farewell address will reveal the spirit of a Paul – Gabbard foreign policy belief: America should mind its own business. Especially when tending to someone else’s business costs someone else’s money and/or life or limb.
Further, Washington also could see what was coming to Europe as a result of the French Revolution: Government from the people, not for the people. European influence for the American Union is unacceptable.
The most recent directive among the Washington war and interventionalist crowd is to intervene in Venezuela.
Rick Scott (among many) says, “They are in our backyard.”
This means, of course, they are a present danger to us. Actually, the real muscle-flexing pols like to suggest there is: “A clear and present danger.”
It adds so much bravado to the interventionist’s cry. The Pentagon soldier-guy bureaucrats rub their hands with financial glee at such lingo. But invaders on our Southern border are the poor and tired and unlucky. They seem to these same politicians to be not so dangerous.
It’s always backward with these war guys.
So, this is the added danger of Venezuela?
They are so close? Of course, for those who have not forgotten Viet Nam, it was 12 thousand miles away. However, there was that pesky “domino theory.” Therefore, a little piddling with free and fair elections in an Asian jungle and, voila, 12 years and 58 thousand dead men later, problem solved.
By the way, Bolton didn’t want to risk his little backside in a losing proposition. At least that’s what he said.
“I had concluded the Vietnam War was lost, and I made the cold calculation that I wasn’t going to waste time on a futile struggle.” John Bolton in his memoir on why he dodged going to Vietnam upon graduating in 1970. pic.twitter.com/VlsdTccyUq
— Tom Wright (@thomaswright08) March 25, 2018
“I had concluded the Vietnam War was lost, and I made the cold calculation that I wasn’t going to waste time on a futile struggle.” John Bolton in his memoir on why he dodged going to Vietnam upon graduating in 1970.
Witness to Genocide
In an interview with Neil Cavuto Senator Rick Scott said that he was recently on the Venezuela border and, “This is pure genocide.”
So, by standing “on the border” he can see that genocide is taking place.
He either has eyes like God or the strongest pair of binoculars in the history of lens grinding. The only other possibility is that he has taken lying lessons from Brian Williams or the Clintons.
But, being in love with war and foreign intervention, Scott says that the risk of your family and the human race is at stake. Amazing: The fate of the human race hinges on the United States intervening in Venezuela.
It is no wonder that polls reveal that politicians of all stripes are considered at the lowest end of respectability. It is also no wonder that so many call the place where they live and work a swamp and a sewer.
One truth that can be trusted comes from Paul and Gabbard and repeated by Tucker Carlson:
“When was the last time the United States successfully meddled in the political life of another country?”
A second truth and perhaps the most important one is, as retired Army Colonel Douglas MacGregor said: “We have the Washington war lobby, which is bipartisan and has decided we should intervene there.”
Meanwhile, congressmen, who are constitutionally responsible for such wars are too busy. Such as Rep. Steve Cohen, eating fried chicken like some ill-mannered slob. While the United States Congress allows bureaucrats to send soldiers to die.