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    Talking Bush's desperation apparent and flailing.

    by Patrick J. Buchanan
    Posted Feb 03, 2006


    "The road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting, yet it ends in danger and decline," railed President Bush in his State of the Union. Again and again, Bush returned to his theme.

    "America rejects the false comfort of isolationism. ...

    "Isolationism would not only tie our hands in fighting enemies, it would keep us from helping our friends in desperate need. ...

    "American leaders from Roosevelt to Truman to Kennedy to Reagan rejected isolation and retreat."

    Why would a president use his State of the Union to lash out at a school of foreign policy thought that has had zero influence in his administration? The answer is a simple one, but it is not an easy one for Bush to face: His foreign policy is visibly failing, and his critics have been proven right.

    But rather than defend the fruits of his policy, Bush has chosen to caricature critics who warned him against interventionism. Like all politicians in trouble, Bush knows that the best defense is a good offense.

    Having plunged us into an unnecessary war, Bush now confronts the real possibility of strategic defeat and a failed presidency. His victory in Iraq, like the wars of Wilson and FDR, has turned to ashes in our mouths. And like Truman's war in Korea and Kennedy's war in Vietnam, Bush's war has left America divided and her people regretting he ever led us in. But unlike the world wars, Korea and Vietnam, Bush cannot claim the enemy attacked us and we had no choice. Iraq is Bush's war. Isolationists had nothing to do with it. To a man and woman, they opposed it.

    Now, with an army bogged down in Afghanistan and another slowly exiting Iraq, and no end in sight to either, Bush seeks to counter critics who warned him not to go in by associating them with the demonized and supposedly discredited patriots of the America First movement of 1940-41. His assault is not only non-credible, it borders on the desperate and pathetic.

    "Abroad, our nation is committed to a historic long-term goal. We seek the end of tyranny in our world," said Bush. "Some dismiss that goal as misguided idealism. In reality, the future security of America depends upon it."

    Intending no disrespect, this is noble-sounding nonsense. Our security rests on U.S. power and will, and not on whether Zimbabwe, Sudan, Syria, Cuba or even China is ruled by tyrants. Our forefathers lived secure in a world of tyrannies by staying out of wars that were none of America's business. As for "the end of tyranny in our world," Mr. President, sorry, that doesn't come in "our world." That comes in the next.

    "By allowing radical Islam to work its will, by leaving an assaulted world to fend for itself, we would signal to all that we no longer believe in our own ideals or even in our own courage," said Bush.

    But what has done more to radicalize Islam than our invasion of Iraq? Who has done more to empower Islamic radicals than Bush with his clamor for elections across a region radicalized by our own policies? It is one thing to believe in ideals, another to be the prisoner of some democratist ideology.

    Bush has come to believe that the absence of democracy is the cause of terror and democracy its cure. But the cause of terror in the Middle East is the perception there that those nations are held in colonial captivity by Americans and their puppet regimes, and that the only way to expel both is to use tactics that have succeeded from Algeria in 1962 to Anbar province in 2005.

    Given the franchise, Arab and Islamic peoples from Pakistan to Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank and Egypt have now voted for candidates with two credentials. They seemed to be devout Muslims, and they appeared dedicated to tossing America out of the region and the Israelis into the sea.

    With opposition also rising to his free-trade policy, Bush reverted to the same tactic: Caricature and castigate critics of his own failed policies. "Protectionists," said Bush, pretend "we can keep our high standards of living, while walling off our economy."

    But it was protectionists from Lincoln to Coolidge who gave us the highest standard of living on earth. And the record of Bush's merry band of free-traders? The largest trade deficits in history, a $200 billion trade surplus for Beijing at our expense in 2005, and 3 million lost manufacturing jobs since Bush first took the oath.

    If America is angry over what interventionism and free trade have wrought, George Bush cannot credibly blame isolationists or protectionists. These fellows have an alibi. They were nowhere near the scene of the crime.

    It is George W. Bush who is running out of alibis.
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    Default Re: Bush's desperation apparent and flailing.

    Is this the same Pat Buchanan of the far-right wing of the Repub party?

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    I'm not entirely sure.. Patrick J Buchanan.

    I got this off some rabidly neocon website.. they're starting to eat their own

    http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=12168
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    Then it's definitely him. Yay!! Blood in the water....

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    really? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH hilarious!
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    Pat's been a media fixture for years, and even ran for the presidency once.

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    Default Re: Bush's desperation apparent and flailing.

    His victory in Iraq, like the wars of Wilson and FDR, has turned to ashes in our mouths.
    Am I reading that right? Is he perhaps alluding to the victory of WW2
    being ruined by the onslaught of the Cold War? One doesn't think of
    FDR as a failed wartime president; he died in Feb. 1945, so close to
    victory that, as Churchill said, he could hear the wings of victory beating.

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    Default Re: Bush's desperation apparent and flailing.

    Pat Buchanan is a slimy scumbag but it is fun to see them turning on one another!

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    Yes, as long as they turn cannibal i don't care what they say
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    Default Re: Bush's desperation apparent and flailing.

    I love it when republicans turn on each other. Heck even the neo-con mediahacks are having a tough time of defending Pres Bush.heh

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    Default Re: Bush's desperation apparent and flailing.

    Isn't that the American way?

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    Humanitarian and peacekeeping are noble goals. Rampaging across the world trying to IMPOSE your ideals on others is not. People will figure shit out for themselves.

    Supporting dictators, deposing legal governments, funding juntas and "regime change" is just a form of hegemony.
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    the planet of realism?

    You really need to dispense with this ridiculous and childishly naive notion that the US acts out of altruism and nobility because history proves otherwise.
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    Why, what relevance does that have? Oh right, again the "well, he did it too!" argument.

    Brilliant.

    it has nothing to do with any other nation, it has to do with the tendency of alot of yanks to see their country as the bright light on the hill when it's nothing of the sort. What other nations do in this context is irrelevant.
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    Default Re: Bush's desperation apparent and flailing.

    Perhaps I was being sarcastic, Mushy.

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