Friday, May 30, 2014


The odious David Brooks has penned another liberal call to arms today in the New York Times. It pretty much defines America as the world police and he makes an argument for surging into every autocracy in the world (except Iraq or Afghanistan) and doing whatever it takes to bring to them the fruits of democracy enjoyed by other great democracies such as Haiti, Pakistan, Libya, and Venezuela. He calls it "tending the international garden."
As Robert Kagan shows in a brilliant essay in The New Republic, for the past 70 years, American policy makers have understood that underreach can lead to catastrophe, too. Presidents assertively tended the international garden so that small problems didn’t turn into big ones, even when core national interests were not at stake. In the 1990s, for example, President George H.W. Bush and President Clinton took military action roughly every 17 months to restrain dictators, spread democracy and preserve international norms.
What tending the 'international garden' looks like at home:

Most people have shed the illusion that somehow democracy belongs to everyone or that everybody in the world enjoys the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. Everybody except the liberals.

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