Says Raimondo: “The age of Obama presented us with new opportunities – and new and bigger problems. What had been the antiwar movement evaporated with such swiftness that it was almost possible to believe the huge demonstrations had all been but a dream. Yet the war danger was unabated, as we said from the beginning – and that was yet another lesson it took Americans a bit of time to learn.”
The reason the antiwar movement of the Bush era evaporated was because it was never a real antiwar movement. It was an anti-Republican movement. Now that the New Left has come full circle, the Obama cult has taken over, and “George McGovern’s Revenge” has taken place, the Left no longer objects to U.S. imperialism, but wants to use America’s military-industrial complex to further the revolution internationally.
Ironically, the power dynamics of international geopolitics remain somewhat similar. America continues to claim a right to unilateral hegemony because of its own supposed exceptionalism and benevolence, with the principal obstacles to this hegemony being a cautiously isolationist and xenophobic China, and the traditional Russia geopolitical stance of claiming sovereignty over its own regional sphere of influence. Further, just as the Soviet Union often backed anti-colonial wars of “national liberation” in the Third World, the geopolitical interests of a resurgent conservative-nationalist Russia are now converging with nationalist, traditionalist, and religious forces around the world who resist Western liberal-imperialism.
I’ve long believed that the reason Third World nationalist figures in the Cold War era like Castro, Ho, Nkrumah and others adopted Communism as their model was for the purpose of obtaining Soviet support. Otherwise, they might have posed merely as revolutionary nationalists. But Putin’s conservative traditionalism likely travels more easily throughout the lesser developed world than Marxism, and is more compatible with the values of the local populations. It will be interesting to see where this goes.
Btw, the folks at Antiwar.Com deserve as much support as they can get. Be sure to help them out with donations if you can.
By Justin Raimondo
I was going to write about this very interesting essay by David Rieff in The National Interest today, and weave in another fascinating piece by William Lind in The American Conservative – unfortunately, necessity has dictated another course.
The response to our fundraising drive has so far been quite disappointing. If this goes on – well, I don’t even like to think about it.
I think we deserve a lot better – so let’s take a look at our history.