For instance, let's take the current crisis in the Middle East. John Bolton, our fashion forward (Seriously, that two tone hair and mustache thing he's got going?Absolutely Fab.) representative to the U. N. came out and said there is no moral equivalency of Lebanese civilian deaths, and Israeli civilian deaths.
Don't misunderstand me. I think there was zero excuse for Hezbollah to kidnap two Israeli soldiers and then fire rockets at towns in Israel killing many innocent people. None. End of story. Furthermore, Israel's response was way past predictable. These thugs didn't even care about the many Lebanese that were unquestionably going to die.
But at the risk of angering some, I also find no excuse to bomb the hell out of a country where 80 percent of the population has not only done nothing to you, but doesn't even support Hezbollah. Over 200 people have been killed now in Lebanon. Their economy and infrastructure, which was just starting to recover from the awful violence of the past, is back at the starting point.
I wish I could say that this whole mess is not the Bush administration's fault but I think it partially is. They ignored the situation beyond a few statements of Palestinians bad, Israel good. They abandoned any pretense of being an honest broker. Their response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has been mindbogglingly inept. The White House's major policy initiative for dealing with the problem, the war in Iraq, has fallen into pieces. You heard things like the road to peace in the Middle East ran through Baghdad. Any simpleton knew that was pure idiocy. Simpletons like me I guess.
The way the Bush administration looks at this issue is hardly an exception. From Afghanistan to Iraq, they think everything is worth the sacrifice as long as they themselves don't have to pay the price, whether it's civilians or our troops. I recently heard a former assistant Deputy Secretary of State say that "we" have to risk being willing to go into North Korea to get rid of their missiles. All I could do is picture the South Koreans saying "what's this "we" thing white boy?".