[ I am on my way back from Newport, preparing to drive for heaven knows how long back to Alexandria, VA, and typing in a small room with no desk, my roommie drying her hair and a Jack Russell that keeps jumping on the keyboard. I am necessarily saving expanded commentary about the ethics of the Unites States’ abdication of its vital role in the world for a later date, hopefully tomorrow. Until then, I will just touch on one particularly offensive example of the dishonest and pusillanimous attitude of so many of our elected leaders, who essentially are trying to poison U.S. culture with one of the most unethical pathogens of all…pacifism.]
“I support strictly humanitarian efforts to prevent genocide in Iraq.”
—-Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the House’s most reliably knee-jerk opponent of any use of U.S. military force, objecting to the President’s air strikes against ISIS
What a nonsensical, deceitful, irresponsible statement, and stupid as well. An elected official who would utter such intellectually and morally bankrupt gibberish in public has disqualified herself for responsible office, as it makes almost everything about her qualifications suspect—her intelligence, her honesty, her judgment, her education, her sanity.
To risk insulting the intelligence of anyone who reads this in the interests of clarity, humanitarian efforts alone never have and never will prevent genocide. Sending food and medical supplies to Auschwitz wouldn’t have saved a single Jew. Lee’s fatuous comment—everyone who reads it should get angry, I believe—is the ethical equivalent of some wise guy applauding when a man hanging from a high ledge screams, “For God’s sake, give me a hand!” Worse, perhaps, because Lee wants to make gullible citizens think she cares about the Christians being slaughtered in Iraq. She doesn’t care, or she wouldn’t speak nonsense, advocating a course of action to save them that can’t possibly accomplish that end. This is magical thinking at its worst: she has a noble ideology that doesn’t work in the real world, but rather than recognize that fact and adjust her beliefs accordingly, she simply invents a more compliant reality—one where kindness, charity and words are enough to halt fanatics and murderers.
Lee would argue that the United States should never allow a soldier to fire a loaded gun in anger until invaders are storming American cities, and I’m not certain she would accept the ugly reality of national defense even at that dire moment (which Sen. Diane Feinstein correctly warns is brought closer to fruition by the fantasies of Lee and President Obama). Those who think she is a respectable leader must also think John Lennon was an acute analyst of history and international diplomacy.