Living in America these days is something like being a character in a Philip K. Dick novel: Instead of learning from our mistakes and moving on, our leaders continue to hit the replay button, over and over and over.
Syria is using chemical weapons against the rebels, so we are told, and leading members of the coalition of the criminally insane--e.g., John McCain and Barack Obama--are unleashing the dogs of war against the Asad regime.
So far, the only cautionary note is being sounded by "conservatives" who are worried about unintended consequences, and a number of analysts are telling FOX News that more advanced weapons may fall into the hands of extremists. But the Syrian rebels are, very largely, extremists, jihadists with links to Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.
This operation already combines some of the worst features of the Second Iraq War--remember Colin Powell lying to the world on television?-- (Even he could not have been stupid enough to believe the nonsense about WMD's in Iraq)--and Hilary Clinton's Arab Spring.
Here is how it works. On the one hand, the government reserves the right to spy on American citizens because it wants to defend us from terrorists, but on the other, we are willing to arm and pay Islamic terrorists in Bosnia, Kosovo, Egypt, Lybia, and Syria.
We do not need Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden to feed our paranoid fantasies. The maniacs in charge--Obama and McCain--actually tell us publicly what they are planning to do.
At least there is some hope in the rising stars of the GOP. Jeb Bush, walking in the footsteps of Senator Rubio, now holds out the great hope for the American future: fertile Latino immigrants. At a meeting of the "Faith and Freedom Coalition" (where do they find PR agents to dream up these sill names?) the former governor declared:
"Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans... are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity."
Gosh, I wish I could be an immigrant. Do you think Mexico would take me? If must be a wonderful place to have produced such wonderful people.
Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.