The weakness with any democratic foreign policy is the problem of motivation. How do you get the electorate to support the constant burden of defending the liberal system? [...]I don't see any Russians dying a hemisphere away from Mother Russia. In fact, their foreign military entanglements have all been close to home. Afghanistan used to be on their border (pre-Soviet breakup), not ours. And if you want murderous religious fanatics, look no further than the Bundy Ranch.
[P]eople will die for Mother Russia or Allah. But it is harder to get people to die for a set of pluralistic procedures to protect faraway places. It’s been pulling teeth to get people to accept commercial pain and impose sanctions.
Here's an idea: next time we motivate for a fight after being attacked by a bona fide foreign foe, don't use that as a pretext to conduct extraneous foreign military adventures. Perhaps then people wouldn't be so wary of assholes like Brooks.
People have no trouble defending America. They have a trouble dying for bullshit neocon fantasies, especially when those neocons won't put up their own children and grandchildren as cannon fodder.