James Taranto Compiliation
U.S. Out of Austro-Hungaria!
Barack Obama is taking some criticism from the pacifist left. At issue is not the use of drones or the continuing U.S. presence in Afghanistan or the intervention in Libya, but–well, we’ll let Matthew Rothschild, a senior editor of The Progressive, explain it:
President Obama just went to Flanders Field in Belgium to pay homage to those who lost their lives in World War I.
But rather than use the occasion to point out the idiotic hideousness of that war, he whitewashed it, praising “the profound sacrifice they made so that we might stand here today.”
He saluted their “willingness to fight, and die, for the freedom that we enjoy as their heirs.”
But this was not a war for freedom. It was a triumph of nationalism, pitting one nation’s vanity against another. It was a war between empires for the spoils.
They say generals always fight the last war. Progressives, it would seem, are several conflicts farther behind.