Tarry for the Nonce

July 11, 2003

Jackson Hypocrisy

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:10 am

Mona Charen concurs:

Our global deployments are already vast. The United States maintains 116,000 troops in Europe (which includes 1,500 in Bosnia and 1,800 in Kosovo), 37,000 in South Korea, 43,000 in Japan, 9,000 in Afghanistan, 150,000 in Iraq and several thousand scattered in places like Egypt, Djibouti and the Philippines . . .

It is most heartbreaking to consider the plight of Liberia, and also to reflect that so many nations of the world are scarcely better off. If we intervene in Liberia on purely humanitarian grounds, it seems likely that we will raise impossible hopes in the minds of other oppressed people around the globe. Rescue by American GIs may come to seem a worldwide entitlement . . .

John Quincy Adams said 180 years ago that America was “the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”

Perhaps someday the world will maintain an all-volunteer force of liberators to save places like Liberia and Burma and Sierra Leone. But that day is not at hand, and the United States cannot range abroad “in search of monsters to destroy.”

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1 Comment

  1. > It is most heartbreaking to consider the plight of Liberia, and also to reflect that so many nations of the world are scarcely better off. If we intervene in Liberia on purely humanitarian grounds, it seems likely that we will raise impossible hopes in the minds of other oppressed people around the globe. Rescue by American GIs may come to seem a worldwide entitlement . . .

    It would be interesting to know what her opinion was of the $500 million and GI troops that Reagan sent to prop up Doe, an illiterate who in 1980 installed himself as dictator after capturing President Tolbert in his pajamas, and disembowling him in his bedroom. He then proceeded to use the money to buy more guns and pay off members of his ethnic tribe which were appointed to lucrative government positions. This was after he suspended the constitution, banned all political activities, and declared marshal law.

    Sounds like real humanitarian aid to me.

    Comment by Philip Lowman — July 14, 2003 @ 3:21 am


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