Sunday, July 03, 2011

Pawlenty, Flailing, Goes Neocon

Actually, he's long been one, given his shallow, jingoistic approach to foreign policy. But, presumably to try to inject some kind of energy boost to his increasingly desperate campaign, he gave a speech yesterday that was pure neocoward; the United States can, and should, bully its way to greatness.

Oh, he didn't explicitly call for direct military intervention in all corners of the "Arab Spring," but he certainly gave the impression that he thinks the U.S. can somehow dictate the outcomes. The speech was facile and preposterous, pure political boilerplate, and it's telling that in his so-called major foreign policy address, he mentioned Afghanistan once, and Iraq not at all.

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