You don’t just walk up to the local bully and slap him across the face. If you are determined to confront him, then you try to knock the living daylights out of him. Otherwise, you are better off leaving him alone.
Thus notes the awesome Thomas Sowell. As someone who’s also fought a lot of bullies, obviously I agree. Obama simply doesn’t understand those not like him; not rural folks or Tea Partyers or terrorists (note to journalists: none of those terms are synonymous).
This is not a politically partisan essay. It’s “liberty partisan”. And it doesn’t hammer Obama, but a Republican Commander-in-Chief. As you’ll soon see.
But first note what George H.W. Bush and Obama have in common. At that link is the justly famous “Ruling Class” essay. If you care about freedom it’s absolutely something to read and learn.
Mr. Codevilla focuses on our domestic Ruling Class. But the Ruling Class is also international. Presidents GHW Bush and Obama are members of it first, and Americans second.
Is this a charge of “Treason!”? Not at all. Bush and Obama don’t mean harm to America. They simply don’t understand it. They are Ruling Class potentates, not lovers of liberty.
But GHW Bush inflicted immeasurable damage to our nation, morally and philosophically. This led to tremendous physical harm as well.
Obama now follows in Bush’s steps. The length of stride is different, but the path is the same. So let’s look back at Gulf War I, after Saddam’s Iraq invaded and took over Kuwait.
Now first, a word about GHW Bush as a human being. He’s a courageous war hero, and I have considerable respect for him as a man. But absolutely none for him as an American. Why? Let’s resume:
Bush led the coalition that responded to Saddam. The President began at home, with propaganda (let’s call it what it was). Bush cited Saddamic atrocities like gassing his own citizens, having babies pulled off respirators. etc. Remember? Remember how Saddam was worse than Hitler?
Of course America supported Bush. Most of the world was agreed, and the Arabic leaders themselves insisted on a response. Remember? The Saudis were terrified of Saddam.
And so, the war. Saddam’s forces were rolled back in six weeks. It wasn’t the blitzkrieg “Dubya” put on, but it was decisive. And with Saddam’s military defeat, of course America could accept only one outcome. We toppled that evil regime. Rooted out the monsters scrambling for cover. We established law and order until the Iraq people could govern themselves.
Remember? Just like we did for Japan and Germany.
Oh…wait. We did WHAT?!
My outrage was such that this blog would be twenty years old, had it been possible. And that anger included you, my fellow citizens. You let our government, in our name, betray America.
Remember now? Or is it still unclear to you what evil was committed?
We defeated a foe our President had described as worse than Hitler…
…and left him in power.
Did that somehow escape you? I know that a few Americans–a pitiful pathetic few–noticed.
And we know how it was spun. Let’s skip the “realpolitik” crap. You want realpolitik, go back and read this essay’s opening. That’s “realpolitik” from Thomas Sowell, a superlative genius.
You keep your rationalizations, I’ll stick with the truth: Bush waged war on behalf of the Ruling Class. Status quo…ho! His oil-wealthy Arab counterparts wanted safety from Saddam. Thus, toss him out of Kuwait. But…depose him and institute democracy? In the Middle East?! Crazy talk, to Saudi princes and Kuwait royalty.
That’s right. Remember Kuwait? Remember Bush proclaiming “this isn’t about oil, it’s about freedom!” Because nothing cries “freedom!” like restoring a monarchy.
Our President–who actually fought against Hitler— sold us on war against someone worse. Defeated him handily. And then left Saddam “Worse Than Hitler” Hussein in power over millions of helpless Iraqis.
How could he? Oh no no no, my fellow Americans. Individual human beings will do anything. The question is, “how could America let him?”. Because that was the moment, folks.
In hindsight, it was the exact moment when America submitted to the Ruling Class. When Bush got away with his Ruling Class war. American statists come and go, but America had never surrendered its ideals and bent the knee to a master before. Reagan loathed and fought against the very idea of a “ruling class”.
His successor used America to serve those other masters. American lives–but military lives, not precious Ruling Class ones–were offered up. Sacrificed…to keep the world safe for oil tyrants.
So I can’t say America’s loss of freedom since then is unjust. Sure, it’s unjust that those who screamed bloody murder have lost liberty. We were on the side of Kuwait and Iraqi citizens.
The rest of you sided with oil-rich tyrants. What does that say about your right to freedom?
Well…c’est la vie, I guess? Apart from America submitting to a new master, no harm came of this misdeed. Right?
Well, another decade of torment for Iraq. Oh, and of course Saddam funded people eager to murder Americans, payback for the humiliation our nation had dealt him. But hey, the President’s got the Secret Service for that, right? So no problem there.
Well, we shouldn’t forget that we also had to station tens of thousands of troops in Saudi Arabia to keep Saddam bottled up. We couldn’t depose him to save powerless Iraqis, but it was unthinkable to leave oil despots at the mercy of someone worse than Hitler.
But naturally Islamic extremists didn’t take kindly to infidel “occupation” of their holy lands. So recruitment boomed for bin Laden & Co. But without tremendous funding, what harm could they do, really?
Okay, so they were given lavish resources too. But it’s not like all the funds given by the Saudis were to subjugate the very Western world that had protected them from Saddam in the first place.
Some of it was simple protection money.
There you have it. A Ruling Class war. Waged in the name of freedom and human dignity, fought for anything but. Twenty years ago we walked up to a vicious bully, slapped and insulted him, and then walked away. Anticipating no consequences.