"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

VDH: "We are living in dangerous times..."

Victor Davis Hanson, after presenting example after example of Obama's incoherence and fecklessness in foreign policy, offers this scary conclusion:

We are living in dangerous times not seen since Jimmy Carter’s disastrous last year in office, when a moralist kindred to Obama was widely praised for his ecumenical statesmanship — and when the Russians, the Chinese, and the Islamists began invading their neighbors and killing people.
Opportunists abroad — rightly or wrongly, fairly or unfairly — believe that if there was ever a time to readjust the regional landscape without too much risk, that time is coming, as the once-lean feline that used to prowl the yard outside has become a bloated pussycat purring on the kitchen mat.
As I've said before, open service in military units by homosexuals and including women in combat units does not matter if you have no intention of fighting any wars (other than drone wars) in the future.   Small unit cohesiveness and morale and obedience to superior officers under fire are important only to militaries that fight.   If the military is a jobs program.... meh, not so much.

But, as Professor Hanson suggests, while we may not be interested in war, war always will find a way to be interested in us.

And what rude beast slouches toward Bethlehem?  

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