Peter W. Rodman is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and until recently was assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. William Shawcross is the
‘Many years ago,’ they write in their joint op-ed in today’s NY Times,
the two of us clashed sharply over the wisdom and morality of American policy in Indochina, especially in
After detailing their view of the unfortunate outcomes of the
American defeat in
It never ceases to amaze me the way these ‘intellectuals’ think that they deploy a ‘friendly’ word like ‘moderate’ and suck in all the regular punters. As if we didn’t know just what kind of moderate governments they prefer remain stable. The ones whose moderation is evidenced by hacking off people’s limbs as a punishment and taking a strong stance against women’s suffrage, or even driving.
The ones they endeavour to demonise as ‘extremists’ include, but may not be limited to, those who espouse such extreme political views as trade union rights for Egyptians, an end to the US occupation of Iraq, or the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, or even making ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ a state of all its citizens – ‘or what the rest of us would call a liberal democracy’ as Jonathan Cook puts it.
Our conduct in
That would be the looming threat of