The necons’ thought process
Jonathan Tobin at Neocon Central writes about what a complete mess the Libyan intervention has turned out to be. Kaddafi is turning to be so much harder to dislodge than “our” side predicted, which means that only much stronger military action by “our” side can finish the job. But such action may not be forthcoming. These gloomy considerations don’t lead Tobin remotely to suggest that maybe the intervention wasn’t such a great idea in the first place.
Meanwhile, Tobin’s colleague, Max Jackboot, decries “the growing isolationist sentiment in Republican ranks.” Of course the Republicans have wholeheartedly supported the long effort in Iraq and the long effort in Afghanistan. But because they don’t like the Libya business, that alone makes them isolationist. Which means that, as Jackboot sees it, if you oppose any U.S. intervention anywhere in the world, no matter how irrational it is and how utterly lacking in any justification from the point of view of U.S. national interests or even of basic morality, you are an “isolationist.” If Jackboot proposed that the U.S. intervene in a civil war on a planet circling Alpha Centauri, and you questioned whether this was a good idea, he’d denounce you as an “isolationist.”