I enjoyed The West Wing. It was a brilliantly written and acted show. The words from the episode Proportional Response ring loudly today as we gear up for another Social War.
I dare say we all wish we had Mr. Bartlet for president. There is stasis and stability and there is dynamic stability. The world has been a pretty dynamic place for some time. What we did to the Shah of Iran was a mistake. A huge mistake. We did it again with Mubarek in Egypt. We did it in Libya. We are doing it again in Syria. Some of the ruling class are unhappy that dictators maintain the relative stability of their countries using fear, the police and a ruthless fanaticism to suppress the uncivilized barbarians. They pretend to see no barbarians. The house of Saud must tremble at knowing that they are next on our hit parade.Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation? He could walk across the Earth unharmed, cloaked only in the protection of the words civis Romanus -- I am a Roman citizen. So great was the retribution of Rome, universally certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens.
We are going to look away as we do to Syria what we did to Libya and Egypt. Those poor bastards.