January 11, 2010

HE FORGOT THE FIRST RULE OF DEBATE--NEVER ASK A QUESTION YOU DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO:

The Question No U.S. Official Dare Ask (William Pfaff, 11 January, 2010, TruthDig.com)

It is time to ask a question that virtually no one in an official or political position in the United States is willing to contemplate asking. For a person in a responsible public position to pose this question would be to risk exclusion from the realm of “serious” policy discussion. It could be, as they say in the bureaucracies, “a career destroyer.”

It would be like declaring that after long analysis you had come to the conclusion that the world is indeed flat, and not round. A round earth is merely an illusion, which everyone has accepted, and adapted to—and fears challenging.

My question is the following. Has it been a terrible, and by now all but irreversible, error for the United States to have built a system of more than 700 military bases and stations girdling the world? Does it provoke war rather than provide security?


We live in the most peaceful age in human history. It is because there are so few wars that we can pretend the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan are significant.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2010 3:53 PM
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