"Inhuman carnage and suffering"? That has never meant anything to us. Not under Stalin or Mao, not in North Korea, and not in Cambodia. So it certainly doesn't bother us about Saddam's Iraq. All such talk does is divert people's attention from real evils -- like lack of national health insurance, obscene corporate profits and global warming.
"There is no more dangerous theory in international politics than that we need to balance the power of America with other competitive powers."
Tony, you're losing it. There is no more dangerous theory in international politics than the lack of a balance to American power. That's why it is so important to strengthen the United Nations, international treaties and French-German dominance of the European Union.
" . . . Europe must take on and defeat the anti-Americanism that sometimes passes for its political discourse."
You're killing us, Tony. Without anti-Americanism we'd be lost. We have no other cause.
"It is not the coalition that determines the mission, but the mission the coalition."
It is now clear -- you are a crypto-fascist. Who do you think you and the cowboy are to determine what a "good" mission is? All missions are to be determined by international coalitions.
U.N. votes determine what is good, not some American or British notion of morality.
" . . . Members of Congress, don't ever apologize for your values. Tell the world why you're proud of America."
Stop. I can't take it any more. You're cultivating right-wing chauvinism here. Have you forgotten that the only nationalisms we celebrate are Cuban and Palestinian? Otherwise we only celebrate being citizens of the world. Earth, not a country, is our home.
"I know it's hard on America . . . out in Nevada or Idaho . . . there's a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you, the political leaders of his country, 'Why me? And why us? And why America?' And the only answer is, 'Because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do.'"
More religious talk about American uniqueness and mission. Tony, we have to get rid of you. You're worse than Bush. He's a Texas Republican, but you, you're a European and a Laborite! And what if college kids start believing such things? What will happen to us?
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”
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