Samantha Power, the current US Ambassador to the UN, is one of those ‘liberal interventionists’, people who like to think of themselves as liberals but are always on the look out for ‘good’ wars to wage to show how tough they are, a disease that many Democrats suffer from. It does not seem to bother them that all the other military interventions have been disastrous, not least for the people at the receiving end of our military largesse.
These people never seem to quite get that bombing other countries, destroying their infrastructure, toppling their governments, and then leaving doesn’t seem to produce good results. For example Sarah Topol, writing in the December 2014 issue of Harper’s magazine (firewall) says that the bombing of Libya by the US has been a bonanza for ISIS and other warring parties in the region. Why? Because when the US bombed Libyan arms depots, they did not completely destroy them. So now these repositories of high-tech arms that Ghaddafi purchased are lying completely unguarded and are being simply collected and sold to arms dealers and are finding their way to groups like ISIS.
But no worries! Maybe next time the intervention will work like a charm and a magic fairyland will emerge from the chaos we leave behind.
What really worries people like Power is not the suffering that we cause but that the American people might be a little weary of these promises of the next time being different never quite panning out and nixing their plans for yet more glorious wars, a recurrence of the ‘Vietnam syndrome’, that nightmare for warmongers. In a recent speech she warns that we must not lose heart and must be prepared to wage more and more wars.
Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, warned the American public against a kind of intervention fatigue, emphasizing that U.S. leadership is needed now more than ever amid global threats from Ebola to the Islamic State.
“I think there is too much of, ‘Oh, look, this is what intervention has wrought’ … one has to be careful about overdrawing lessons,” Power said Wednesday during the Defense One Summit.
Oh these silly American people, thinking that just because past attacks on other countries have created a mess means that we should not repeat that policy. Because really, what could go wrong?