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I mentioned the other day that I was taking part in a debate/conversation at TPM Book Club about Peter Scoblic’s new book, “U.S. Versus Them: How a Half-Century of Conservatism Has Undermined America’s Security.” From my latest post:
Peter ends his most recent post by saying that conservatism at times has been “marked by distaste for humanitarian interventions.” and quotes John Bolton, who he calls a “wonderful example of conservatism,” as being an enemy of “nation-building and democracy promotion. Last year, Peter writes, Bolton told him “how he would have managed the invasion of Iraq: ‘My thought was–and this is exaggerating–we hand ‘em a copy of the Federalist Papers, say good luck, and then we’re out of there’.” Which primarily demonstrates to me that Bolton, whether he is a “wonderful example of conservatism” or not, is first and foremost insane.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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