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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


So, I guess we're about to feed the War Pig in Syria.

On the one hand, the Dirty Fecking Hippies were right about Iraq.  On the other, the Sensible Interventionist Centrists were right about Libya.  (At least right about it not being a quagmire.)

I'm betting this is another Libya.  We explode enough ordinance in Syria to pay for laptops for every school child in America.  Terrible people are killed and different terrible people benefit.

But if the bright line was crossed, I don't see much options.

If you have punitive warfare or coercive warfare, I can handle a little punitive warfare designed to punish the Assad mob.  But if we think we can coerce a result that will make us happy, we are kidding ourselves.

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