The NeoConsevative nexus (e.g. where the GOP and the Democrats always agree) that collectively are the “War Party” should call their interventionist agenda in the Middle East “Operation Sheen”.
That’s “Sheen”, as in “Charlie Sheen”.
Because just like the actor at the prime of his melt-down, in the face of complete an utter evidence that what the War Party doing is 1) self-destructive, 2) counterproductive, and 3) creating increasingly worse problems than when they started in 1991, they still think they’re “Winning!” with their Mid East policy and want to pile on more.
- Destroyed liberty at home? “Winning!”
- Destabilized Mid East? “Winning!”
- Radicalized Iraq? “Winning!”
- Arab Spring? “Winning!”
- More Israelis Settlements in disputed territory? “Winning!”
- Thousands of Christians and Jews displaced from their century-old homelands throughout the mid east thanks to the instability? Many Christian churches burned and Christians massacred? “Winning!”
- Secular Mid East governments toppled and replaced with more radical governments? “Winning!”
- Moderate and Western friendly Islam massacred? “Winning!”
- Trillions of debt at home hanging around the necks of our kids and grand-kids amid a stagnating economy? “Winning!”
- Blow-back terrorism at home? “Winning!”
- etc.? “Winning!”
It is true that you can apply the Charlie Sheen principal to most all U.S. foreign policy initiatives, and even domestic policy.
There is much Irony that so many among the Tea-Party War-hawk proletariat (who I call the “Patriot Wing” of the Tea Party) are able to identify this “Winning!” failure-principal very clearly within most of the progressive agenda. They are quick to criticize a progressive push to expand government stupidity when it’s from Dem’s, and are relentless in harassing the GOP’s dramatic acquiescence to those demands — a.k.a, calling them out as RHINOs. But they fail to see the hypocrisy in that the Patriot Wing is as enamored as any RHINO politician with implementing their own busy-body agenda.
Indeed, there is much to criticize with what they are criticizing from the RHINO progressives: The backpedaling cuckservative support of the failed entitlement state, where the GOP is as much to blame for allowing the government to confiscate wealth from the functioning economy so that it may run a highly-politicized, no-strings-attached form of charity, with government unions planting themselves as middlemen who entitled to their above-market wages and benefits; a well-feathered nest so heavily conflicted with self-interest, any sober bystander is left to question if the failures / growth of poverty is not merely a well-crafted business growth plan.
While the RHINOs may not have been the original architects, they fall all over themselves to appear friendly to the worst of the poverty-pimp politicians, all in a desperate attempt to capture some of the influence-peddling benefits gained by handouts. The Patriot Wing sees it’s financed by We The People’s confiscated liberty and wealth in exchange for votes, and their is little doubt among Tea Partiers of where RHINO priorities lie.
These are endless and obvious failures, yet the progressive drumbeat is always for more intervention — each new policy at the expense of other Americans as they rob Peter’s economy to subsidize Paul’s.
To resurrect the Meme: The War on Poverty? Failures? Corruption? Endless calls for larger and larger expenditures, etc.?? “Winning!”
And yet, although the Patriot Wing and many other hawkish GOP supporters identify this folly, they seem to go blind when it comes to foreign intervention. When confronted about the failures of the Mid East policy they support, you’ll see a reflex of denial. You’ll find excuses or claims to non-existant victory. And you’ll hear demands for throwing more good money after bad, no different than Bernie Sanders calling for more socialism to fix what the socialism we already have has broken.
U.S. Foreign policy supported by the Tea Party Patriots? Winning! They are more like Hillary than Ron Paul who functionally seeded the concept of the Tea Party.
Exposed, U.S. foreign policy leaders remain in denial of the warnings given 25-years ago by well-reasoned analysts on the folly of the Neoconservative policy agenda as outlined by prominent NeoCons well before Iraq 1, the infamous Project for the New American Century , 9/11. supported by the usual suspects — Kagen, Kristol, Bolton, Wolfowitz, Cheny, Rumsfeld, etc. It is in denial of the warnings they gave about destabilizing, sanctioning, and then toppling the secular regime of Saddam Hussein. It remains in denial of every warning since.
If you don’t see this, it’s time to take off the rose colored glasses.