Cultural Revolutions

A Homogenized America

In late January, I led a nine-member congressional delegation on a whirlwind trip to Switzerland, Poland, Rumania, Kosovo, and Morocco.  In Bern, at the Embassy Country Team Briefing, we were told that 90 percent of the Swiss were opposed to our occupation of Iraq.  In Morocco, our ambassador happily told us that pro-American feelings had more than doubled to half the population, according to Pew Research Center figures.  But then, he added, opposition to the war in Iraq was “almost unanimous.”  I have heard similar estimates in visits to countries in every part of the world since this unnecessary war started.

In Kosovo, where we still have 1,800 troops long after any fighting has stopped, we were escorted by a general of the Texas National Guard.  His contingent of 1,300 Texas soldiers arrived just before Christmas and is scheduled to stay for about one year.  Why is the Texas National Guard guarding Kosovo?  The general said that their mission is to provide “a safe and secure environment” for the people there.

He did not add that this is “at great expense to the U.S. taxpayer” and that “this is police work the people of Kosovo should be doing themselves.”

I asked him how long it had been since one of our soldiers had been killed or wounded there.  He said that two had been injured in a riot in 2004.  He did not seem...

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