October 15, 2007

Call me Cassandra...

Best of the Web Today, commenting on the curious fact that Ms Hillary has apparently said that she would favor military action in Iran to protect oil supplies, but not apparetly for other possible reasons, like preventing Israel from being fried, or to topple a theocratic regime, or to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation...

...What if we told you one of the presidential candidates accepted the last rationale--blood for oil!--but rejected arguments for war based on concerns about human rights or nuclear proliferation? Based on the media stereotypes, you'd probably think Dick Cheney had thrown his hat in...

...Mrs. Clinton is in a difficult spot when it comes to Iran. On the one hand, she doesn't want to seem soft in front of the general electorate. On the other hand, she doesn't want to seem firm lest she alienate the Angry Left in her own party. The position she's put forward is clearly a compromise. Yet you'd think from the Angry Left's rhetoric that promising war for oil--the way they disparage every American military action in the Middle East--would be the least likely approach to appease them.

See now, if Mr Taranto read Random Jottings, he would not find this odd at all. (Like Cassandra, I keep telling people stuff, and nobody notices.) The Angry Left rants about oil because they have no desire to talk about the real reason they hate the Iraq Campaign, and would equally hate any attempt at regime-change in Iran...As I explained here:

...This is just one more scrap of evidence for my oft-argued thesis that most "liberals" are now nihilists. That the ideas that once underlay liberalism have leached away, and that they are wearing liberalism much like the Invisible Man wore clothes and bandages to cover up his nothingness... And that the Iraq Campaign has them foaming at the mouth precisely because it is a liberal project, and thus shines a spotlight on what leftists have become...
Fighting for oil, or other selfish reasons, wouldn't bother the Angry Left at all, though oil makes a useful club for bashing Dick Cheney. Fighting for idealistic reasons would enrage them, because it implies that there are things bigger than ourselves, things that we should believe in. Things that we should serve, and be willing to sacrifice for. To the nihilist, this is an affront and an irritation. Posted by John Weidner at October 15, 2007 2:28 PM
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