Ukraine Crisis Reminds Us To Keep Ignoring Conservatives On Foreign Policy
In case you had allowed yourself to believe conservatives had learned a single thing from orchestrating some of the worst foreign policy in U.S. History during the Bush years, forget about it.
The same gang who led us into Iraq and defended the death and destruction that followed is still wrong on almost everything on under the sun.
As has been the case since about noon on January 20, 2009, the right is insisting that President Obama got it wrong. This time its on Russia and Putin. In their fractured, nonsensical view of reality, Obama is to blame for Putin deciding to invade Ukraine.
This only makes sense if you believe that Barack Obama is the President who peered into Putin’s soul and declared him a good man. This also only makes sense if you believe that Republicans stuck to traditional U.S policy and backed up the Commander In Chief on foreign policy, as Democrats did with Bush on Afghanistan and Iraq until the lies had been exposed.
While I have every reason to trust President Obama, whose foreign policy performance has methodically un-winded the disaster that Bush has left him, he’s had to do it politically with only Democrats and Independent elected officials backing him up (though actual Republican voters have far more loyalty to country over party than the people they have elected, I must admit).
The Republican Party is still the same party who thought it was a good idea to invade Iraq, and to do so on the cheap, who still defends the unnecessary loss of 4,000+ American lives while their two most recent presidential candidates decried the withdrawal from Iraq.
The right is still led by the same gang of neoconservative idiots, from Sen. John McCain to the Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol who still have never run across a foreign policy problem whose solution isn’t an American dying on foreign.
They have learned nothing.
As a sidebar, I also think that the non-interventionist left hasn’t learned its lessons either, accepting far too much Russian propaganda as actual news because they hate the slightest assertion of American might even at a diplomatic level.
Thankfully the dominant voice within the Democratic Party is more sensible than either this liberal minority or conservative majority. Our current foreign policy leadership is realistic but tough, willing to aim for peaceful goals but not naive to the operation of how the world really works. They aren’t pushing for an armed invasion of Russia, but neither are they willing to lie down like dogs for the imperial-minded Putin.
This sort of leadership moment is about trust. I trust the people who orchestrated the death of America’s worst enemy while also the end of one of its worst wars over the people who let him get away and started that same war in the first place.