Saturday, April 16, 2005
Remember realism? Do we recall James Baker’s quip that the first Gulf War was about “jobs, jobs, jobs,” in line with his later realist fillip about the Balkan genocide: “We don’t have a dog in that fight”? Perhaps that was a sober assessment of the natural limitations on American strength; but had Bill Clinton followed the natural logic of such cynicism, Milosevic would still be in power. Imagine the reaction had the non-teflon Bush said that removing Saddam was about “jobs” or staying out of Dafur was about not having a dog in that fight. Imagine the reaction had the non teflon Bush said that removing Saddam was about “jobs” or staying out of Dafur was about not having a dog in that fight.
Excuse me, Dafur? He's talking about the Sudan, right? Did we invade while I was out for a walk? Other than Colin Powell going on a little sleepover, is there something going on from a U.S. perspective that I'm not seeing? Some more information, professor. And, no mobilizing a Deputy Secretary of State to say nice things does not count.
That Bush. Doing things that no one in the world but Prof. Hanson knows about.