Thursday, December 2, 2010
Another Jonah Goldberg Moment
How does someone like Jonah Goldberg continue to be a syndicated columnist? Today he writes in the Wisconsin State Journal about Wikileaks. Not that the leaks were bad as many are writing about today. Not that they are good for Democracy as others are writing. No, he chose this moment to attack the Obama foreign policy. How does the document dump reflect on a foreign policy that increasingly looks like President Bush's? In Jonah's world it show a weak an indecisive leader and a policy run by lawyers who speak legalese (niceties). All of this because the Saudis were begging the administration to launch an attack on Iran. I thought that with the Right the United States did what it wants and doesn't ask permission from other countries. Yet here is a member of the Right saying that we should bow (remember the uproar when Obama did in fact bow) to the Saudis and attack Iran. Iran is like Iraq 2.0 (which Saudi Arabia also suggested we attack). On the surface it promises to be easy. We'll be greeted as liberators. The people don't like the religious authority, they want freedom. Get under the surface it looks like Iraq only may be harder. If Saudi Arabia doesn't like their neighbor across the gulf take some of the weapons that we sold them and do it themselves. I for one think that we cannot continue to act as a mercenary force, especially in the Middle East. Iran is only a threat to the US because George W. Bush has parked the US military on three sides of Iran. They do not have a missile capable of striking the US. They did not and do not harbor the terrorist organization that attacked this country. They might be involved in Iraq, but then again so are we and they already fought one 10 year war with them. I'm sure that Jonah would have gotten his wish if McCain had won the election. Fortunately this foreign policy team of lawyers recognizes that you just can't attack another country without provocation because someone tells you to do it. Jonah why don't you jump off a bridge, I'll look for a Saudi to tell you to do it.