We need to set some ground rules. People write a lot of historically ignorant and ridiculous stuff, but Robert Kagan’s article in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks back was a new low. With this video we attempt to set out five facts you need to acknowledge to avoid getting laughed out of town while writing about Foreign Policy.
So I just read a serious sounding but deeply silly article by Robert Kagan in the Wall Street Journal. He’s super sad that the US public isn’t as pro-war as it used to be. Without being too mean to a writer I used to respect, I’d like to lay out 5 facts you need to acknowledge to write seriously about foreign policy in 2014.
1. Vladimir Putin is not Adolf Hitler
Hitler was a guy who conquered 5 foreign countries in 3 months. In 6 months Putin has failed to make much headway in a country half full of Russians.
2. The Islamic State is not 1930s Japan.
The Islamic State stole a bunch of tanks. Imperial Japan built aircraft carriers.
3. We are not living in the 1930s
There is just one superpower. No matter how badly Washington, DC wants it, there’s nobody to fight with that we haven’t invented. Speaking of which…
4. The Islamic State is a direct result of US policy formed by people like Robert Kagan
So maybe a less war friendly US public is a good thing?
5. The New Scary Russia is a direct result of US policy formed by people like Robert Kagan
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So yeah, if you work for the Wall Street Journal Opinion page or Fox News or Hillary Clinton, please review these facts before you write anything at all. If you want to be taken seriously that is.
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