Why The Neutralist? The term Isolationist implies a narrow Fortress America outlook and is used as an epithet. The term Neutralist does not indicate someone hiding out from the world. No one calls the Swiss isolationists. The Wilsonian world view is old, tired and wrong. Our interventions have been less and less successful and now the failure can no longer be covered up.
Monday, February 02, 2015
Brookings is a 501(c)(3) non profit. that means if you have a couple of farthings you want to donate tax deductible, Brookings will take it and turn it into impartial research. If you have gazillions, well there is impartial and there is impartial.
It's not just any staffers blowing charge on the bugle. No they sent their heavy hitters. Senior fellow Steven Pifer and, if that were not enough, institution pres, Strobe Talbott, a D.C. barnacle if ever there was one.
Of course, in the case of the Ukraine, who would gainsay that august institution. It is only out of goodness of heart that they support "lethal aid." I know, I only feel noble when I hear the words "lethal aid."
The lads aren't the only ones beating the drum. This is so urgent that they have come together with six other "former U.S. national security practitioners" to call for action. This is big, I had no idea there was such a title as national security practitoner. With the crummy foreign policy record over the last decades, they should try for a more humble title.
The expert practitioners are telling us why The Ukraine needs us, but never get around to why we need the Ukraine. Please, someone enlighten the Neutralist. How will the world end for our country if we say the Ukraine is not our problem? Will Putin start the tanks rolling west to not stop until he has loaded the nouveau Red Army on his carrier fleet and landed in New Jersey?
Pifer and the Strobster are practitioners, but as we consider this a family blog, we refrain from saying what they practice.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Crazy John McCain was warmongering for more pro-Ukie involvement.
Stratfor is sure on the case, the last two email updates were, RED ALERT: Rocket Fire Could Signal New Offensive on Mariupol and then RED ALERT UPDATE: At the Heart of the Mariupol Crisis. Who knows, maybe it's all true and the Russkies are on the march. Too many outlets have cried wolf too often. Maybe it's just that our clients are too inept to use the equipment and training.
Ilan Berman in Forbes also thinks the Russians are on the march.
It all smacks of the drumbeat before Iraq. You remember all that. The Neutralist remembers it in all aspects. First, Iraq was mentioned as part of a fictitious Axis of Evil. Then, the WMD that never were. There was no goofiness that was not referenced such as this little jewel,
Plus ça, you know. Different administration, same ragtime.
The Neutralist is not holding his breath.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
War on Terror: Drones Target 41 but Kill 1,147 Mostly Innocent men, Women, and Children-Neutralist asks, Does this make you safer?
The drones came for Ayman Zawahiri on 13 January 2006, hovering over a village in Pakistan called Damadola. Ten months later, they came again for the man who would become al-Qaida’s leader, this time in Bajaur.
Eight years later, Zawahiri is still alive. Seventy-six children and 29 adults, according to reports after the two strikes, are not.
Monday, November 24, 2014
The Neutralist, however, took the part that serves our purpose. To quote the Colonel,
The armed forces are being asked to assume larger and larger missions in the Middle East, Afghanistan and West Africa. At the same time the money needed to maintain DoD operations and perform such functions as Strategic Triad modernization has largely disappeared in the welter of sequestration and general reductions in budget. Understandably the generals and admirals are pushing back and the constitutional way for them to do that is through the civilian head of the Department of Defense.The back pressure was probably displayed last week in a loosening of ROE in Afghanistan.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
This most recent kerfluffle has been a sham. Mosey on over to read Jason Ditz at Antiwar blog. His story, Yazidis Weren’t Stranded, Pentagon Looks for Other Missions
State Dept Tries to Credit US With Solving Phony Problem, has stiffened my neutralist resolve.