“I am not ashamed of American power. I take pride that throughout history our power has brought justice where there was tyranny, peace where there was conflict, and hope where there was affliction and despair. I do not view America as just one more point on the strategic map, one more power to be balanced. I believe our country is the greatest force for good the world has ever known, and that our influence is needed as much now as ever. And I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century.” –Mitt Romney, speaking yesterday, emphasis added
Yes, friends, Americanist messianic idolatry in full bloom. And you thought he was a Mormon. And he has surrounded himself with neoconservative advisors, Eliot Cohen, Kim Holmes, Eric Edelman, Robert Kagan, Walid Phares, Dan Senor, and others (none of whom, along with Romney and his five sons, ever served in the military, mind you).
It appears that if Mr Romney becomes president, which seems vastly more possible than it did a week ago, we can expect war without end, amen.
In 2008 I was accused of alarmism for saying that John McCain’s election would mean more wars, even threatening world war. Everything he has said and done in the Senate since confirms what I said: if McCain were president we would be at war in Syria and Iran, and we probably would still be fighting in Iraq.
And now we have another Republican candidate practically guaranteeing more wars.
Not that I have any illusions about Mr Obama being a man of peace, but he does seem less belligerant, less eager to wage war, and more open to negotiating.
With Romney we get the familiar war whoops of the neocon Right:
“One of the disturbing legacies of the past two decades is that war has become something of a national pastime, a spectator sport in which the United States deploys its wealth and power, not to mention of the bodies and futures of its soldiers, in order to establish the principle enunciated by neocon Brett Decker that ‘Evil advances when America isn’t feared or respected.’ Neocon theorist Michael Ledeen once bluntly suggested the means by which such fear and/or respect is to be achieved: ‘Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.’ That conviction was endorsed explicitly in the pages of National Review by neocon columnist Jonah Goldberg, who called himself an ‘admirer’ of the ‘Ledeen Doctrine.’ But Goldberg isn’t alone. Versions of the ‘Ledeen Doctrine’ have been adopted and promoted by neocons of every stripe, and it is on florid display whenever one of them says something like Decker, above. ‘Fear’ of and ‘respect’ for America must be extracted at the point of a cruise missile or at the business end of an M1 Abrams tank.”
That’s Mark Gordon, writing for Vox Nova.
The Great Americanist Heresy may be about to bring you more dead soldiers and broken societies.
And damaged children, many dead and damaged children.
Coming Soon to a World Near You
October 9, 2012 by Daniel Nichols