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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

George McGovern, RIP

George McGovern has died and the deification has taken place in the media.  For his stature, it is strangely muted.  It does not seem to have reached Tim Russert level.  Needless to say, as he was most known for the foreign policy aspect of his failed presidential campaign, it is incumbent on the Neutralist to comment.

 As to his redistributionist economics and his dietary regulations, the Neutralist does not comment other than to express doubt.  On his "Come Home America" slogan, he was profoundly right.

When he said that, the Neutralist was on active duty and had drunk the Kool Aid by the gallon.  The bogeyman would be at the gates if we did not stay the course.  All this while the Nixon-Kissinger team was looking for a face saving bug out.

We did bug out and it was better for us that we did (see America's greatest 20th century victory).

Unfortunately, we never got the message.  I was just listening to a debate reprise where Romney was talking about being able to fight two major wars.  Heck, we couldn't even handle both Iraq and Afghanistan and they were hardly the Wehrmacht or the Imperial Navy.

In honor of George, the Neutralist says proudly, "Come Home America."  We hope the late senator has found peace.  Unlike his country which is no where near it.

Monday, October 08, 2012

World reaction to Turkey's retaliation does not pass the smell test

Pretend you're the president of a country embroiled in a civil war.  Let us also pretend that you are not completely insane.  In our what if scenario, let's also speculate that you have a neighbor to the north with a large and highly professional military.  Would you call up your troops on the border and say, "Okay lads, lob some mortar shells over the line and see if we can get those SOBs to retaliate.

So the western press is talking up how the Turks are righteously resisting those dirty Syrians.  The plot continues.  It continues....predictably.  One has to be naive beyond imagination not to suspect that this is contrived in the manner of, oh, maybe you want to look at the last post, "Since 5:45 a. m. we have been returning the fire..."

The fix is in, maybe.  Maybe Russia and China and Iran and Shiite Lebanon can hold things together for awhile.  If Saudi money and influence proves decisive, their will be a lot of dead Alawites and Christians and some Druze as well as a Kurd or two.

Then again, as a Neutralist, I don't see it as our problem.

For a more polished view of the situation, Eric is the man to read.