Cross-posted from Antiwar
With support for interventionism at an all-time low, the War Party is constantly on the lookout for fresh justifications of their failed and increasingly unpopular overseas meddling. The old saw about how "terrorists" mustn't be allowed to establish "safe havens" is getting a bit stale, and was never all that persuasive to begin with: after all, the 9/11 attacks were planned in Hamburg, Germany. For the first time ever a majority of Americans think the ideal US foreign policy would be "minding our own business," as the wording of a recent Pew poll put it. So the old tart has to put on a new coat of paint and dress up in more fashionable raiment in order to keep her clientele and perhaps even attract some new ones.
Joe Biden is just the man for the job: brazenly opportunistic and happy to bloviate at a moment's notice, the grandstanding Vice President declared this week that "protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions," according to NBC News.
"I don't care what your culture is," he said, not telling us anything about American imperialism we didn't already know. "Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice."
And arrogance is arrogance is arrogance: but when you're the mightiest military power in the history of mankind -- oh, excuse me, human kind -- the concept of hubris is one of those "unknown unknowns," to use a phrase popularized by Biden's right-wing equivalent. Donald Rumsfeld's arrogance came in a different color, to be sure, but underneath the wrapping the same product is being sold: the idea that the United States is and must be the moral arbiter and policeman of the world.
Hubris? Isn't that a Greek dish, kinda like couscous only spicier?
The NBC report avers that the Obama administration's effort, highlighted at a US government-sponsored conference addressed by Biden and National Security honcho Susan Rice, aims at "seeking to mobilize a global front against anti-gay violence," but that's just the wrapping -- when you look inside, it's something else altogether. A "Fact Sheet" put out by the White House outlines comprehensive programs that are already in place and gives us a broad overview of the principle under which they operate. Under "Country Engagement," we are told: