Saturday, March 12, 2011

Attending to the Home Fires

This past week, my brother, the Wizard, dropped me a note wondering why I had not posted any thoughts on Libya.  I haven’t responded to Wizard, yet, but I think the following Michael Fagan comment, directed at J. Michael Cole, deputy news chief at the Taipei Times, and a contributor to Jane’s Intelligence Review, in response to Cole’s musings articulated in an article at The Diplomat titled Taiwan Mulls Post-US Pacific, succinctly addresses Wizard’s question to me.  Here is the specific Cole comment which Mike Fagan responds to.

“This administration is deliberately choosing non-action in respect of freedom, and democractic values and human rights abroad…”

Fagan’s response.

Americans are turning away and they are doing this deliberately. Ordinary Americans have their own creepingly ambitious State to fight against, and the current occupants of that State are singularly unqualified to do anything other than turn away from the struggle for freedom elsewhere in the world. It’s worrying and unnecessary.

Let’s tend to the home fires.

UPDATE: Reading comprehension failure confession.  Both quotes in this post are attributable to Mike Fagan.  For further explanation please review the comments.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/12 at 10:49 AM
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