Either With Us or with the Communists

In lieu of addressing any of the arguments he scorns here, right wing blogger Michael Goldfarb simply dismisses them as sounding like something an Enemy Foreigner might say.

Because Lord knows the only reason ever to question the party line at its most alarmist is that you love America’s enemies. That approach to strategic thinking has just been vindicated over and over again the past few years.

UPDATE:  I came across this Goldfarb post via James Fallows, who updates that post :

The same people — same individuals, same organizations, same publications, same blog sites – that ginned up a war with Iraq, and that have supported ginning up a war with Iran, are settling in for a longer term confrontation with China.

These people need to be judged on their track record. And compared with a confrontation with Iraq or Iran, a military showdown with China would be 10 times as unnecessary and 100 times as stupid.

Judging people on their records would be fun, and all, but I think Herman Goering has a relevant point here about human psychology:

the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.

Focusing exclusively on threats, and hyping them, will never go out of fashion.


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