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January 31, 2011



Or the Tea Partiers who don't want to raise the debt ceiling. How do they think we pay for Iraq, Afghanistan and the (admittedly small by comparison) foreign aid we send to Egypt (and other places) to prop up dictators friendly to the US, all of these things that your typical Tea Partier supports to one degree or another. All of these things get defended on the grounds of national security, but spending for them has contributed to the current "crisis" of deficits that the TPers claim needs to be addressed. It's a shame that they can't see how support for dictators or massive spending on wars of choice both reduces US security from a foreign policy perspective AND contributes to economic insecurity by wasting resources on activities that produce no benefit of security or otherwise.


I can't help thinking that part of what animates the need to impose some ideological order on the world's chaos arises from the actors' need to believe:

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

It's a nasty feeling, being helpless and unable to control one's future, whether personally or globally. Makes a body want to slap some kind of reassuring structure onto the whole mess, tweak and nudge and whack it till it seems to fit, and declare the thing resolved.

Marc McKenzie

A great article, as always, PM. In the case of Egypt, sadly, there is nothing we can do but watch and hope. Sure, it's nice to speak about how horrible Mubarak is and how the US was wrong for supporting him--while also having concerns about what will happen. Sadly, international relations are quite complex--a beast that is far from the black and white thing that the idealogues wish for. It is in fact, many shades of gray, and navigating it takes careful efforts.


What a brilliant commentary on the complexity of dealing with problems of other countries on the basis that the United States is an exceptional country, which can dictate solutions to any problems faced by any country in the world. The tragedy, of course, is that the so called journalists in the MSM are still insisting on framing the crisis in Egypt as something that can be solved by President Obama, from the oval office, in Washington, D.C. As I watched the MSM journalists harass Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, I kept wondering why the MSM's White House press fails to realize that the "choices" about the future of Egyptian governance "aren’t America’s to make."

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