BLOWBACK May 21, 2007Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
As the search for a new US President gathers speed, it is become apparent that blogs and other new media, such as youtube, are providing alternatives to set minds of the mainstream media. The latest incident with this effect was demonstrated in the debate of the Republicans at South Carolina University. Dr Ron Paul, MD, a congressman from Texas suggested blowback as a partial explanation of 911. Rudy Guiliani demanded a retraction.
The issues are set out here:
After the debate,Blowback gets a written about in the mainstream media. For example, Rod Dreher’s opinion column in The Dallas News:
Though Mr. Paul courageously stood his ground, the Giuliani bristle became the debate’s most talked-about moment. Advantage: Giuliani.
In the heat of the moment, this former New Yorker wanted Mayor Giuliani to stalk across the stage and slap Mr. Paul silly. But on reflection, I grudgingly concede that Mr. Paul did us all a favor. He had the guts to suggest before a hostile audience that America needs to think harder about how projecting military power around the world in our customary manner creates blowback. . .
Even though the United States is trapped in a terrible quagmire in Iraq, one we made for ourselves through our own foolish and unnecessary choices, it is still impossible for our politicians to talk frankly about how this catastrophe came about. In his 2005 book, The New American Militarism, Andrew J. Bacevich, the a Boston University scholar, points out that in post-World War I America, “there existed within the national political arena a lively awareness that war is inherently poisonous, giving rise to all sorts of problematic consequences, and that military power is something that democracies ought to treat gingerly.”
“Today,” Mr. Bacevich continues, “in sharp contrast, such sensitivities have been all but snuffed out. When it comes to military matters, the national political stage does not accommodate contrarian voices, even from those ostensibly most critical of actually existing policy.” Yep. Ask Ron Paul.
. . . Americans today, he writes, have romanticized the military and its effectiveness and have embraced a completely unrealistic view of what war really means. The all-volunteer military has meant many, even most, Americans have no direct experience of military life or combat – hence our weakness for Top Gun patriotic abstractions.
Mr. Bacevich has been one of the most forceful and eloquent critics of the Iraq war, the course of which he has recently described as “disastrous” and now beyond the United States’ power to determine. . .You may have seen Andy Bacevich’s name in the news recently – even though you probably missed his essay in the current issue of The Atlantic Monthly, in which he notes that “the thousands of Americans killed in Iraq include no members of Congress and not a single general.” No, the Andy Bacevich you likely heard about is Professor Bacevich’s namesake – his son, his only son – who was killed last week fighting in Iraq. . .
Then again, perhaps the internet is friendly to Dr Paul because he is friendly to it: