We are also a varied group made up of social individualists, libertarians, extropians, futurists, 'Porcupines', Karl Popper fetishists, recovering neo-conservatives, crazed Ayn Rand worshipers, over-caffeinated Virginia Postrel devotees, witty Frédéric Bastiat wannabes, cypherpunks, minarchists, kritarchists and wild-eyed anarcho-capitalists from Britain, North America, Australia and Europe.Karl Popper? Really? Than I would have expected a little more logic, but I've really not seen much evidence of any adherence to that level of logic, I mean, "And on foreign policy . . . "t
"Last post for awhile on US Presidential politics. I promise. Having set the table on the domestic side below, a post came along from Mr. Bevan at Real Clear Politics (an invaluable site for US political junkies, by the way) which does a nice job of framing the choice facing American voters this fall on the foreign policy side(opinion):[N]o Democrat, with only one or two exceptions in the entire elected party, would have looked at the exact same intelligence Bush looked at with respect to Iraq after 9/11 and done much of anything - even though they agreed with Bush at the time that Hussein was a serious threat.
And:Yeah.What if?What if Baby Bush turns into a blackman over night? "I think most Americans would find that prospect deeply disturbing." Yeah, what if?Indeed, far more damning than Bush acting on evidence almost everyone in the world believed to be true is to look at a hypothetical in reverse: What if all of the WMD intelligence on Iraq had been spot on and John Kerry were President at the time and chose not to act because of pressure from his party or the objections of allies? I think most Americans would find that prospect deeply disturbing."
"It was not only among Marxists that Che's theories took hold. For decades following the end of the Vietnam war, it was commonly accepted and widely taught, even in American schools, that dedicated and highly mobile insurgents had a powerful advantage over conventional militaries, especially on their own ground. Just as the British failed to put down the American revolution, we were taught, American forces failed to win against the more agile and motivated Vietnamese locals fighting for their own land. The defeat of the Soviets by Afghan guerrillas turned the theory into dogma -- never seriously questioned until after the astonishingly rapid overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Baathists in Iraq.Wow, based on this kind of thinking, I bet the White Rose might be open to an invitation from Patrick Cox to spend a few months touring the countries. Yes, the war is over, people. American soldiers are forcing the now pacified Iraqis and Afghans to shoot and bomb them daily.