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Larkin Comes to Mind

… while reading Patrick Buchanan‘s “Liquidate the Empire” at The American Conservative. Except that Buchanan and I, unlike Larkin in “Homage to a Government,” think it would be good that at least some of the troops come home:

America needs a bottom-up review of all strategic commitments dating to a Cold War now over for 20 years.

Is it essential to keep 30,000 troops in a South Korea with twice the population and 40 times the wealth of the North? Why are McCain and Obama offering NATO memberships, i.e., war guarantees against Russia, to a Georgia run by a hothead like Mikheil Saakashvili, and a Ukraine, millions of whose people prefer their kinship to Russia to an alliance with us?

We must put “country first,” says John McCain.

Right you are, Senator. Time to look out for America first.

I am aware how odd it is that I—atheist, deeply skeptical of unregulated markets, socially an extreme liberal—find myself reading and agreeing with an essay (and more than just this one) at The American Conservative, which is, among other things, strongly linked to libertarian and Orthodox religious thought.

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5 comments

1 Lea { 10.15.08 at 7:27 pm }

I wish there were more issues that could surreptitiously transcend boundaries pre-marked by political labels and the public norm. I’ve given up on the party thing. I’m no more conservative than I am liberal. I’m religious, but tolerant. I think this country is quite obsessed with categorisation. Red and blue. Pachyderm and ass. I don’t care.

Anyway, I agree with that essay, too.

– Lea (libertarian-for-life-green-boston-tea-marijuana-whatever-the-hell party, 2008)

2 MAS { 10.16.08 at 9:49 am }

looking at you from the iPod! Liberal? Conservative? None of the labels have ever been me.

3 Lea { 10.16.08 at 10:18 am }

Dude, you can check the internet on your iPod? Sweet! I have the 2nd gen Mini still (y’know, the one they totally don’t make anymore ’cause it’s SO OUTMODED like whoa), so that’s a foreign concept to me.

Anyway, I think I’m going to throw a “Let’s Hang Out on Lea’s Political Plateau” party. Wanna come? It’s purely metaphorical, so you wouldn’t have to worry about what to bring for a dish.

4 MAS { 10.17.08 at 9:08 am }

It’s an iPod touch–a refurb I bought after the new ones were announced and its price came down some more. My first and still shiny!

I think my political position can only be described as a mountain range.

5 Mike { 10.18.08 at 8:49 pm }

Sam, meet Lea. I think you’ll like each other right well—my oldest friend and my newest!

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