The Republican calls for war are based on political calculations in a presidential election year, rather than the actual state of the USA and the world. We are still dealing with two wars begun by a Republican administration without a sound plan, an exit strategy or the means to pay for them. The results include a busted treasury and a hobbled military capacity.
President Obama has proven capable of two things the Republicans lack: strategic thinking and diplomacy. He has ordered well-planned strikes against real enemies and kept us at arms length from further entanglements such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
America is the default maintainer of world order, and at least theoretically has the power for the job. However, using that power wisely is the challenge, and the Republicans are showing that they lack basic intelligence, never mind wisdom. Iran has not attacked us nor is it really capable of doing so in a meaningful way. Of course that was also true of Iraq in 2002 and look what the Republicans did with that. We cannot afford these perpetual wars, neither financially nor for the damage it does to the character of the nation and its people.
It appears impossible to bring the Republicans to their senses regarding war, so let’s keep them away from the on switch, please. All they want is to get Obama out of the White House and control of Congress. Even God won’t be able to help us if that happens.
Excellent column. Your statements “So whenever you hear Republicans say that they are the party of traditional values, bear in mind that they have actually made a radical break with America’s tradition of valuing education.” and And if underfunding public education leaves many children of the less affluent shut out from upward mobility, well, did you really believe that stuff about creating equality of opportunity?” are right on target. What has happened to the Republican party, if it can’t even prefer knowledge over ignorance?