Posted by John Moser
CNN is reporting that New Jersey Governror Jim McGreevey has announced his resignation. Apparently hes been involved in some homosexual extramarital hanky-panky. Says McGreevey, "I am a gay American."
Prof. Wests article on Straussian foreign policy was indeed a thoughtful piece which, I maintain, ultimately grants the wisdom of the distinctively American intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq. For whatever case may be made for avoiding the imposition of democratic government in these two Muslim nations, "prudence indeed will dictate" that no other approach makes sense. Even if one grants that a more "realistic" solution would be to install some loyal American puppet in each country, it will simply not fly. Granted, too, that the critics on the left are, to put it charitably, inconsistent in their criticism (at one time demanding democracy, at another denouncing the idea as unrealistic). But they would come just as unglued at the undemocratic prospect as they have at the current experiment.
We are right to foster democratic institutions even in such unlikely places as Afghanistan and Iraq because if we did not, not only would those regimes be denounced but would engender just as much, if not more, local opposition as the ones taking power now. We were roundly criticized here and abroad, not without reason, for not doing this very thing in Afghanistan after the Soviets finally threw in the towel, and we all know what happened next. And Americans, at least, were disappointed that Saddam was not thrown out in 1990 in the first Gulf war. We need to have friends in these areas so that we have a base for leverage in the that part of the world in all relevant respects--military, political, economic and especially moral. We cant do all these things without a regime that we can wholeheartedly support and not merely manipulate.
We are also laying the foundation for counteracting much of the hatred and downright poison that characterizes the Middle East and central Asia by fostering regimes that break the violence of Musim faction. The more regimes form that avoid rule by one single sect of Islam, the more likely their politics will be moderated and our safety will be better ensured.
And its not as if the undemocratic and "stable" regimes such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia have done much for American interests, as the first has virtually extricated itself from the Camp David Accord--long before George Bush became president--and the second continues to foster a form of Islamic fanaticism (Whahabism) which is at least as virulent as al-Quedaism, if it is not tacitly cooperating with it.
These few remarks dont do justice to the subject and certainly not to Prof. Wests superb essay, but I think the actual circumstances in which our policy operates dictate essentially what the Bush Administration is currently striving to accomplish.
Apparently, McGreevy hired as his homeland security person an Israeli guy who is now filing a sexual harassment lawsuit.
In a nutshell, he used NJ taxpayers money to hire his lover and put him in charge of homeland security. This is bad on several levels, and Im not talking about the homosexuality issue.
If the above allegations are true, watch the Dems try and spin it as he is some brave homosexual who is being persecuted.
Whoops, I meant to respond with these remarks to the previous post.
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