Friday, June 13, 2014

Nature Abhors A Vacuum

... which is the missing concept in the progressive foreign policy world view.

The concept that undergirds Obama foreign policy, as best as I can understand it, is that if we just leave people alone, things will be fine. The worst thing America can do is take a leadership role anywhere in the world outside of our own country. If circumstances force intervention in East Blargistan, for example, the only way we can intervene is with a bunch of other countries, preferably with someone else in the lead role.

This assumes that the countries wanting to intervene have the same ends in mind as we do. In Iraq right now, the country most wanting to intervene is Iran and it's doubtful that even the Light Worker will be able to find much common ground with them.

Backing up one step from our Prime Directive of Intervention: Don't Lead, it's apparent that there are some places in the world where leaving people alone will result in bad things. The power vacuum left by America when we pulled the last troops out of Iraq was not, as the progressives imply, going to continue indefinitely. Lambs were not going to frolic on springtime meadows while rustic herdsmen played their flutes and rustic women pursued advanced degrees and positions of national leadership while instituting strict laws against smooching without written consent in triplicate, filed with the Bureau of Fornication.

Instead, Islamofascist forces quite predictably (they had predicted it themselves in simple, easy-to-understand manuscripts, videos and, one presumes, sidewalk puppet shows) saw the power vacuum as their opportunity to seize power. Once in control, they've done exactly what they told us they would do which was to institute hardline Sharia Law.

This caught the Obama Administration by surprise because, as I said before, they feel that power vacuums can continue indefinitely and they hold a frankly racist view of the Little Brown People Far Away Who Say Funny Things Sometimes. When the Little Brown People tell us they hate us with every fiber of their being and hope to kill us all, the progressives want to smile and pat them on their heads and give them juice boxes because, as any Ivy League graduate knows, they just long for their simple, rustic lives where they live in harmony with the Earth.

Fortunately, the Islamofascists have said nothing at all about developing nuclear weapons and turning both Israel and the United States into seas of fire, so we don't have to worry all that much about power vacuums anywhere else.


Secular Apostate said...

I am very optimistic about -- about Iraq. I mean, [Iraq] could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You're going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government. I spent -- I've been there 17 times now. I go about every two months -- three months. I know every one of the major players in all of the segments of that society. It's impressed me. I've been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.
--- VP "Plugs" Biden (patron saint of Cosmetic Dentistry) 2010

"Plugs" was also the oracular source of news about the permanently-impending "Summer of Recovery" announced in 2010, I believe.

K T Cat said...

Sadly, it's not immediately obvious if he would be a step down from the current President should, God forbid, something happen to him.