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, March 27, 2017

Martin van Creveld nails it and writes a neutralist article.

Military historian Martin van Creveld is always interesting and usually right.  Recently, he hit one out of the park.  On March 16, 2017 he addressed a post to our New President detailing the failures of the powers to order the world.  We quote:

"1944-1948. A few hundred active “terrorists” hound the British out of Palestine, leading to the establishment of the State of Israel.1946-1954. French troops are defeated in Indochina, leading to Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian independence.1948-1960. British troops fail to hold Malaya and end up by withdrawing from the country. Thanks to a masterpiece of propaganda, the Brits make most of the world believe that they had actually won the war. But this does not prevent Malaysia from becoming independent state. 1950-1953, Western forces, operating under UN auspices, wage against North Korea and China. The outcome, stalemate, is probably the best that could have been achieved. 1953-1960. British troops fail to defeat the Mau Mau Revolt in Kenya, ending up by withdrawing from the country, which gained its independence. 1954-1962. The War in Algeria, which had been a French colony for well over a century, ends with a humiliating defeat for France. 1955-1960. An insurgency forces the British to give up Cyprus, which becomes an independent country. 1963-1967. Another insurgency forces the British to surrender Aden. Ditto. 1965-1972. The Second Vietnam War, which was the largest of them by far, ends with the decisive defeat of the US and its allies and their final withdrawal. 1970-1975. As part of the Second Vietnam War, the US invaded Cambodia. In 1975 it had to throw in the towel. With the US cowed and decolonization all but complete, major Western attempts to intervene in the developing world came to a halt. 1982-1984. A small continent of US troops enters Lebanon, but quickly leaves again after terrorists start blowing them up. 1991-1992. The US and its allies, provoked by Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, go to war. In almost seventy years, this is the only campaign that resulted in a clear victory. As a result, President George Bush declares that the US “has overcome the Vietnam Syndrome.”1993.   The US and its allies send troops into Somalia. To absolutely no avail, except for turning that country into an even worse hell than it already was.2002-present. To avenge 9-11, the US and its allies invade Afghanistan. The resulting mess is still waiting to be cleared up. 2003-present. The US and its allies invade Iraq. Saddam Hussein is overthrown and, ultimately, killed. However, once again the outcome is a mess that has still not been resolved. 2005-present. French and British forces, initially supported by US cruise missiles, assist local militias in overthrowing Dictator Muammar Gadhafi. The outcome is the same as in Iraq. 2011-present. Small NATO contingents take part in Syria’s murderous civil war, but achieve practically nothing. Thanks in part to Russian aid, the side whom the US and its allies oppose, i.e. President Assad, seems to be gaining the upper hand. Are you listening, President Trump?"

Sadly, It appears that the man who campaigned on getting along with Russia and trying to dial back the world cop is probably not.

Martin van Creveld may not be a neutralist, but he has written an excellent neutralist column

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Bill Maher and the cult of the veteran

Bill Maher had Milo Yiannopoulos on his show just before the lad's melt down.  Milo was performing his schtick as was the host.  Neither had the wit to realize they are getting old. Supposedly Milo's fifteen are done.  We shall see if he can do a reinvention.

There were a few other guests.  Former Republican congressman Jack Kingston was civil and inoffensive and appeared mildly amused.

Not very funny comic Larry Wilmore took offense at Milo being a jerk and truly showed why he no longer has a show.

The other panelist was Malcolm Nance. When Milo disparaged the other members of the panel and Nance, Maher gestured to Mr. Nance and said:

"This guy has done things that allowed you to #$%^%&! live."

This is ridiculous.  On his Wiki page, the man seems to have had a distinguisged career in intel and intel related functions.  The Neutralist likes that he came out emphatically against waterboarding.

But, to say he allowed Yiannopulos to "#$%^%&! live" or even to merely live is ridiculous.  Yet the trope that what is being done by a member of the intel community allows us to keep breathing insults one's intelligence and says little for Mr. Maher's.

This is not to say that Mr. Nance is not a true intel professional.  From that wiki page, we should assume he is.  Like most of his colleagues, his work is not keeping us safe, rather the opposite.

As we chase our tales in the Mid-East and foster trouble in  Eastern Europe we make ourselves poorer and hasten the day of our ruin.

Grow up Bill.  Of course, that will never happen.