Sunday, January 28, 2007


Mark Steyn With More Depressing, Correct Analysis

Now that we've absorbed the bad news from Mark Steyn that Europe is doomed due to differential reproduction (no, that's too Darwinian--evolutionary law doesn't apply to human society) due to demographics and we here in the US are saved from that sad fate only because of immigration--Steyn points out the bleeding obvious, yet still painful, point that too many people in this country (hint: it's not most of the right, albeit it's some) have no clue what the governmental priorities should be. But at least he does it in a humorous way. Money quotes:

The only energy displayed by Nancy Pelosi was the spectacular leap to her feet within a nano-second of the president mentioning Darfur. Up went Madam Speaker and the entire Democratic caucus like enthusiastic loons on a gameshow. Darfur! We're all in favor of Darfur. People are being murdered! Hundreds of thousands! We oughtta do something! Like, er, jump up and down when it's mentioned in a speech. And, er, call for the international community to mobilize. Maybe one of those leathery old '60s rockers could organize an all-star concert or something. [...]

Darfur is an apt symbol of early 21st century liberalism: What matters is that you urge action rather than take any. On Iraq, meanwhile, the president declared: "Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory." And the Dems sat on their hands. [...]

The open defeatists on the Democrat side and the nuanced defeatists among "moderate" Republicans seem to think that big countries can choose to lose small wars. After all, say the "realists," Iraq isn't any more important to Americans than Vietnam was. But a realpolitik cynic knows the tactical price of everything and the strategic value of nothing. This is something on an entirely different scale from the 1930s: Seventy years ago, Britain and Europe could not rouse themselves to focus on a looming war; today, we can't rouse ourselves even to focus on a war that's happening right now. Read 100 percent of the Democratic presidential candidates' platforms and a sizeable chunk of the Republicans': We're full of pseudo-energy for phantom crises and ersatz enemies, like "global warming.'' [...]

The civilized world faces profound challenges that threaten the global order. But most advanced democracies now run two-party systems in which both parties sell themselves to the electorate on the basis of unaffordable entitlements whose costs can be kicked down the road, even though the road is a short cul-de-sac and the kicked cans are already piled sky-high. That's the real energy crisis.

Double ouch.

Considering that Mark Steyn has been consistently wrong about most everything he has ever said
(eg: in December 2003 he wrote about Iraq "another six weeks of insurgency sounds about right, after which it will peter out"; the following March he said: "I don't think it's possible for anyone who looks at Iraq honestly to see it as anything other than a success story."), I wonder what you're referring to when you say "more depressing, correct analysis". When was the first time Mr. Steyn was ever correct about anything.
The occupation of Iraq has been difficult. The blowing up of the golden mosque in Samarra was brilliantly evil. We should have know this from the British history there in the early 20s. I personally don't recall predictions about the ocupation, but my memory could be faulty. So if nearly everyone has been wrong about the difficulties in the last two and a half years, how does that make Steyn alone unreliable? Thanks for the thoughtful comment, I appreciate it.
"So if nearly everyone has been wrong about the difficulties in the last two and a half years, how does that make Steyn alone unreliable?"

I guess this is the new neocon excuse- yes we were wrong but so was everyone else. Similiar to the old Tom Delay/Jack Abramoff excuse- yes we're corrupt but so are all politicians.

Actually, I remember quite a few people who thought invading Iraq was a really dumb idea.
So do I but because they thought that the organized resistance would be much tougher than it really was. Of course there were the few history geeks who said the occupation will be like the British in the 20s but very few, very few indeed. Has Delay been convicted yet or are you in the verdict first, trial later crowd?
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