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.
Friday, March 25, 2011
So who the heck is Bonnie Kristian and why is she making sense? Most succinct reasoning about Libya yet
To show my gratitude to the author, I am going to steal part of her article. Specifically, Reason 9:
9. This goes against our founders’ vision for American foreign policy. Let me simply provide a few telling quotes:
“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” — Thomas Jefferson
“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” — John Quincy Adams
“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” — James Madison
“The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.” — George Washington
“All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.” — Benjamin Franklin
So called conservatives think a conservative foreign policy is "supporting the troops" (of course for them, that does not often mean being one) no matter what silly intervention is proposed. A real conservative war policy is to not get into wars as evinced by the quotes above.
Poor Bonnie Kristian, we have closed the competition. There will be no more entries. Bonnie Kristian is the Neutralist Rookie of the Year. Granted, it is not a much coveted award, and brings neither money or great applause. No matter, it's still less of a joke than the Nobel.
If Bonnie wants an 11th reason the Neutralist can supply one. The only successful exit strategy the US has executed was Viet Nam.