Not our war.
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? [...]
[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.
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.
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.
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