The title is from Mark Krikorian at NRO. He summarizes rather nicely the futility of our “wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Wars” is in quotation marks, because while our expeditions there did start as wars, they all-too-soon have deteriorated into the intellectually mushy “nation-building.”
Mark’s central is well-summarized by this sentence:
[Our] foreign policy starts out peacefully, but eventually leads to ridiculous mistakes like Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and the nation-building phases of our initially justifiable invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
I agree on all points.
Our foolish nation-building is costing us a bundle as we pursue the notion that we can somehow instill Jeffersonian, liberal (in the Enlightenment sense) democracy among a primitive, tribal “nation” whose pastimes are growing dope, pederasty, and playing polo with the heads of animals.
The costs, while obscene in their own right given the state of our deficit, is not the worst of it for us. What is far worse is this notion that our military can be armed social workers. We seem to have lost our way as a nation in this regard.
Our military ought to have but a single job: to kill any enemies, and, by threat of death, prevent would-be enemies from acting against our interests.
I don’t care if Afghans love us or hate us. Ditto for Iraqis, Somalis, you-name-its. I only care that they are convinced that taking up arms against us would be suicide, but without the 72 virgins.