Mr. Gingrich spoke to the American Enterprise Institute today. Before his speech, he apparently didn't read up on American foreign policy and how its implementation over the past half century has pissed off nearly everyone else in the world. But, you see, it's all radical Islam's fault, according to Newt. Because of the Radical Islamic bogeyman, we must create even greater restrictions on your freedom. According to cnsnews.com:
"America needs a more realistic and more powerful solution to the challenges of our enemies," said Gingrich. "Beyond the Petraeus Report, we need a report on the larger war with the irreconcilable wing of Islam."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized supporters and opponents of the Iraq progress report for not seeing the bigger picture.Gingrich called for "a debate about a vision of victory for the larger war in which we are engaged and the strategies needed to achieve that vision. We need a debate about the genuine risks to America of losing cities to nuclear attack or losing millions of Americans to engineered biological attacks."
So now our enemy is not just Iraq. It's not even just al Qaeda. According to Newt Gingrich, our enemy is anyone who doesn't agree with the predestination of events declared by the American establishment. I nominate Newt Gingrich for dogcatcher.
America is despised by nearly 90% of Indonesians for being primarily responsible for their economic crisis in 1997. America is despised by most of the Islamic world because what is good for us (free elections) is something that we haven't really allowed them to do (unless Iraq counts) for the last 60 years. Many people in South America hate our guts. Many people in Europe think we got what we deserve on September 11, 2001. After all, how many military bases does Italy, Indonesia, or Iraq have on our soil?
So on this 9/11, six years after the fact, I suggest that we resolve to get to the root of the problem. Let's get the heck out of other peoples' business. Let's stop playing their leaders against each other, and placing sanctions on them that only hurt the civilian populace, and propping up the erstwhile strongman dictator as a political time bomb waiting to crap all over us as well as fodder for the next Tom Clancy novel. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez are dime-store dictators, but the actions of the United States are primarily responsible for the fact that loons like this are now taken seriously.
I agree with Congressman Ron Paul. We shouldn't be forcing everyone everywhere to accept American democracy. We should set an example such that everyone around the world would clamor for what we have of their own volition. But what we have now, complete with its multinational bankers, politicians, and agents provocateur, is no democracy to emulate. Fewer and fewer people want it. But Newt seems to think we have to force them to have it and to like it.
Newt Gingrich's authoritarian view says we're not into enough peoples' business. According to him, because now supposedly anyone can be the enemy, we must compel everyone, including hapless Americans, to conform to the ideal that the American establishment has decreed.
This is a recipe for disaster.
Newt is fully aware of the shipwreck that has been American foreign policy since about 1950. Come to think of it, I don't think Newt would even make a good dogcatcher.