"It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America's long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan 'You're either with us or against us'."
- live together even if they didn't especially trust or like each other, and
- truck with other people they didn't know.
"You don't kill me...and I won't kill you. You don't steal my stuff and I won't steal your stuff."
"You don't invade my country and I won't invade yours."
"There is nothing new about the notion of political corruption in Washington. What is new – and actually quite astounding – is how big, how ugly, and, yes, how outright corrupt it has all become, especially when it comes to the amount of money passed between politicians and lobbyists every day..."An 'insular Beltway elite' has been driving the push for military intervention in Syria at a time when public opinion polls make it clear that a large majority of Americans are opposed. [But] think about the ways our involvement in the Middle East and the so-called war on terror have helped advance the careers of government officials through bigger budgets, new departments, and more exposure and influence. Not to mention how these crises have enriched outside contractors and businesses, sent war correspondents to new assignments, and opened new avenues for TV face time and think-tank fellowships for the experts."Let's not forget the huge advances policymakers and their aides receive to write their memoirs describing how they saved America, Western civilization and the world, and how such high-stress experience qualifies them for corporate boards and speaking engagements at all the best investment banks."The good news is that even if you actually messed things up by leading us into a disastrous war in Iraq, or wrote columns predicting that said war would be a great success, your friends in this town have a tendency to forgive and forget. Don't worry. You'll still receive those big consulting contracts, be invited to appear as an analyst on cable news shows, or get to write columns for our leading newspapers. Someone else will pay for the mistakes you made in Iraq, and those you're trying to make in Syria."