Well, just as with the ABM/Star Wars/Missile Defense/etc program, bad ideas never really die, they just hibernate for awhile and then rise yet again from the dead. So I was appalled, but not particularly surprised, to see Rick Santorum produce pretty much the same "We can gin up revolutions wherever and whenever we please" idea resurrected yet again in the pages of the Inky. A buddy of mine sent the Inky a good letter and I sent them the following:
describes as being an extremely important component of the two armed political parties and . He also states that "support for pro-democracy groups can be effective" in forcing to adopt policies it currently resists.
I would notice that the US has tried and failed miserably to create indigenous resistance movements in other countries. Back during the 1960s, the US failed so miserably to create an indigenous resistance movement in that the effort was abandoned long before the US lost South Vietnam. During the 1980s, the indigenous resistance movement created for did so poorly that the Contras would have been completely ineffective had it not been for other policy tools (Primarily trade sanctions) being used in concert with them. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, there was no indigenous resistance movement to help US troops conquer the country, there was no "Fifth Column" to work behind enemy lines, despite the fact that US agencies had over a decade to create one.
Is just smarter than the US at doing this sort of thing? My suspicion is that they're not. My suspicion instead, is that and serve genuine political needs within their home countries. After all, they were both successful at electoral politics there. If the US succeeds in "cutting off the head" (i.e., invading and occupying ), will Hezbollah and shrivel up and die? They might be weakened by the loss of , but I seriously doubt their influence would end.
Santorum declares, not that is a serious threat in its own right, but that "a nuclear-armed would be our greatest national security challenge since the end of the ." In other words, it's a comparative threat, not a threat per se. Personally, I consider Global Warming to be a vastly greater threat than , but Santorum is speaking specifically of "national security" challenges.
Let's not "Put aside politics to confront ," let's instead see if we can work out some sort of workable solution for us all. We've had quite enough of the US showing its fangs and rattling its saber. Those policies have gone nowhere. It's time for more serious and more sensible policies.