Is He Being Serious?

I actually agree with John Kerry, when this morning he went on “Face the Nation” and said:

“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text…”

And that settles it.  We can now pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  But let’s not limit the withdrawal from our 21st century invasions, let’s apply the same principle to the US invasions from the 20th century.  You know:

  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Cuba
  • Bulgaria
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • South Korea
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Greece
  • Guam
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Greenland
  • Netherlands
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Turkey

I am sure that I missed a few, but you get the point.  The audacity for the Emperor’s hireling to go on national tv and make such a hypocritical observation.  Are there no mirrors in DC?

But the Secretary of State just kept on going:

“It’s an incredible act of aggression. It is really a stunning, willful choice by President (Vladimir) Putin to invade another country. Russia is in violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine. Russia is in violation of its international obligations…”

Indeed it is.

During times like these, I often run to HL Mencken to help provide clarity to the situation.  Here is what he had to say about war in his A Second Mencken Christomathy:

But wars are not made by common folk, scratching for livings in the heat of the day; they are made by demagogues infesting palaces.  It is not necessary for these demagogues to complete the sale of a war before they send the goods home, as a storekeeper must complete the sale of, say, a suit of clothes.  They send the goods home first, then convince the customer that he wants them….  But the main reason why it is easy to sell war to peaceful people is that the demagogues who act as salesmen quickly acquire a monopoly of both public information and public instruction….  The dead are still dead, the fellows who lost legs still lack them, war widows go on suffering the orneriness of their second husbands, and taxpayers continue to pay, pay, pay.  In the schools children are taught that the war was fought for freedom, the home and God. (HT: Cafehayek.com)

Talking heads.  The whole lot of them. Don’t look at me, I didn’t vote for the clown or the one before him or the one before him or the one before him…..

But what of tribalism and what the Ukrainian people are having to endure?  Great question.  I hate oppression, regardless of national boundaries, because oppression is a human story.  If my cousin were in Ukraine, it may change the way I feel.  It may even change my involvement.  But for now, I will dedicate my energies to the resistance of oppression of those in my tribes.  If the Ukrainian situation concerns your tribe, I encourage you to do something about it.  But don’t take our money to solve your issue.  Don’t artificially create this narrative that it concerns all that live in the US.  And don’t send some other tribe’s young man (or woman) over to the Ukraine or Russia or Iraq or Afghanistan to die.

How dare you (looking at you John Kerry).

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