that we were busy invading canada, cuba and mexico (our neighbors), or busy slaughtering each other by the thousands
that would be the proper parallel to the middle east/ pre wwii europe
we did go through those bouts of madness: in the 1840s/ 1860s
meanwhile, force projection: sending thousands to vietnam, thousands to korea, thousands to iraq, thousands to europe, thousands against japan, philippines, is something the usa will never be cured of, because it's a totally different thing
rather, the reverse is true: other countries start acting like the usa that way
hint: it's called the un (albeit a un with a backbone)
the world should be invading darfur as of yesterday
the only we reason we are not is the un is weak, and so thousands needlessly suffer because the world community does not yet have any moral backbone
the reason iraq happened is not so much that the usa was willing to act unilaterally, but because the world at large doesn't have the backbone yet to act multilaterally, on just about anything, even obvious cases like rwanda, iraq under saddam, darfur, zimbabwe, myanmar, norht korea, etc.
until the un develops a real backbone, expect nothing but more unilateral action in the world, from the usa, as well as china, india, etc.
the problem is not that the usa acts unilaterally. the usa wouldn't have to act at all. if the international community actually had some fucking clout. clout it gets by actually DOING SOMETHING ABOUT REAL PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD
why aren't we in darfur? we should have been there years ago
the un has no backbone, it is mired in bureacratic bullshit and conflicting agendas
multilateralism is a mirage. that the world can't even get it's fucking act together on something as fucking obvious as the need to intervene in darfur is the reason that the usa acted unilaterally, and will act unilaterally again
the usa doesn't need to stop slow down and stop acting unilaterally, the fucking internaitonal community needs to speed up and get with the program: the obvious fucking areas of madness int he world that need an international miliary presence
if they won't do it, big old bad usa will
and that's not the usa's fualt, that's the world's fault for not stepping up to the plate when they need to
because you have failed, the usa acts the way it does
get with the program: intervene miliarily in darfur, or shut the fuck up
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
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