Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Nation Building Good?

Adopting a plan from the Clinton playbook, Jonah Goldberg trumps the idea of nation building.


At 11:37 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Jonah Goldberg and I would not get along at a kegger.

It's confusing to me how John Kerry's vote against the Iraqi Reconstruction legislation (a decision perfectly justified by the shifting of the numbers from when Kerry had initially supported it) is a flip-flop, yet Bush's shift in ideals regarding Nation building somehow...isn't.

His shift was "a mistake." Why the difference?

The more that talkers like Goldberg advocate for the expansion of our current War For Democracy, the more I wonder about the validity of the question: Why aren't you fighting, Jonah?

It's one thing to say that you support the war in Iraq, and have chosen to sit it out. It's not something I necessarily understand, but I do get the desire not to die in a war. It doesn't make your support not-valid on an intellectual level.

It's another thing, in my mind, to advocate for global peacekeeping without offering yourself to the cause - whether as a cog in the buerocracy of such an institution, or as a soldier.

Otherwise, it seems to me that you're sort of like a white kid who dresses up as a gangsta rapper. You want the cred that comes from holding a "hardcore" position, but you have none of the life-experience necessary to back up your pose.

If Jonah doesn't believe in the Cause enough to offer himself to it, why should we believe it's worth fighting for when he tells us so?

I know your thoughts on the above from prior posts, Jabs, but I'm curious as to what you think about it in the context of advocating yet a further expansion of this Nation building thing.

At 6:07 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I do not think there is anything different about this situation that would change my position in this instance. Which begs the question:

If you disagree, why not explain why? Why avoid the subject and issues to focus on the individual? Seems to me a fundamental acknowledgement of the weakness of one's position.

At 8:24 AM, Blogger codemorse said...


Care to translate that into mortal-speak?


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