Saturday, December 12, 2009

Fr L on O
He’s wrong on some things:
I hope he was just reminding the world that there is evil out there and America must engage with it.
The gospel according to Woodrow Wilson.

But this is good:
There has been a historic trend for leaders, in the face of financial meltdown and domestic unrest, to purchase popularity with military aggression.
Why the Argies invaded the Falklands.
The psychology of this is primitive and simple: when things are bad at home, blame the foreigner. The best way to spend yourself out of a depression is with weapons. Do you have masses of unemployed young men simmering with anger? Channel that anger. Don’t let it turn into civil unrest and violence. Put those boys in uniform. Knock them into shape with basic training. Channel the anger into patriotism and send them out to fight ‘the enemy’.

I’m not a prophet, and I’m not that much of a doomsday sort of guy, but some people think the financial situation is going to get worse before it gets better, and maybe Obama and his advisers see it coming and are setting the stage not for a reduction in America’s armed involvement overseas, but an increase.

I hope the President was not preparing the world for more war.
Unlike Pat Buchanan and like me at first he takes the bellicose rhetoric at face value. I’ve always taken O at his word which is why I stayed home in November (Paul said not to write him in and I wasn’t voting for the fakertarian or the religious-right guy; McCain of course was out of the question) and so far I’ve not been surprised at all by him.

Right, I’ll say it. This is well and good but like Republicans who turn conservative (anti-government) only when the other side are in office, is that all this is from Fr L?

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