In every country mentioned, the U.S. is or soon will be playing an active role. And in many cases, the U.S. is the principal cause of the situation in question. Officially, it's all about "defending American freedoms" and "keeping America strong." But ordinary Americans don't like to talk about it all that much. In the words of Andrew Bacevich: "Call it habit or conditioning or socialization: The citizens of the United States have essentially forfeited any capacity to ask first-order questions about the fundamentals of national security policy. To cast doubts on the principles of global presence, power projection, and interventionism, as Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich did during the 2008 presidential primaries, is to mark oneself as an oddball or eccentric, either badly informed or less than fully reliable; certainly not someone suitable for holding national office" (Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War [Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 2010], p. 27).
UFPPC statement: Happy Fourth of July, everybody. Get some hotdogs. God bless you.
- Written by UFPPC