March 31, 2005


Why World War IV can't sell (John Brown, 4/01/05, Asia Times)

In a recent essay (Are we in World War IV?) Tom Engelhardt of Tomdispatch commented quite rightly that "World War IV" has "become a commonplace trope of the imperial right" of the United States. But he didn't mention one small matter - the rest of the US, not to speak of the outside world, hasn't bought the neo-cons' efforts to justify President George W Bush's militaristic adventures abroad with crude "we're in World War IV" agitprop meant to mobilize Americans in support of the administration's foreign-policy follies. That's why, in his second term, Bush - first and foremost a politician concerned about maintaining domestic support - is talking ever less about waging a global war and ever more about democratizing the world.

Rather, it's proved much easier to win than even the neocons expected. With less than two thousand men lost and democracy imposed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, Ukraine, Palestine, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Togo, etc. and elections beginning to occur even in supposedly unreformable places like Saudi Arabia and Egypt it's just hard to think of it as a conventional war. Perhaps we need a new term for the kind of global conflict where we can topple a regime just by talking tough.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2005 6:20 AM

"Cold war"?

Posted by: mike beversluis at March 31, 2005 10:41 AM


Posted by: Ali Choudhury at March 31, 2005 11:10 AM

When the next one hits he'll change his tune.

Posted by: Genecis at March 31, 2005 11:24 AM

You don't have to kill all the bad guys, just a few. But you have to kill some. Mugabe tonight.

Posted by: ratbert at March 31, 2005 12:08 PM

We did Iraq, Pour encourage les autres. May did that work! Who's next? How about you, dirt-bag. You look like you have weapons of mass destruction.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 31, 2005 12:09 PM

"we need a new term for the kind of global conflict where we can topple a regime just by talking tough."

Worked for WWIII, didn't it?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at April 3, 2005 5:05 PM
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