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Friday, July 15, 2005

Smells like teen factionalism

Team spirit makes sense in high school. College too. All that us-vs-them really gets the blood moving. That makes it easier to shoot up and down in your seat during those dramatic fourth quarter drives down the field.

It's a crippling toxin in Washington, however. Madcow to the body politic. This shouldn't be news. George Washington was pretty insistent about avoiding forming political parties and he was, like, president a long time ago.

``It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection,'' Washington wrote in his famous farewell address -- which he didn't actually speak, but rather handed off to some newspapers. I imagine Washington read the newspapers of his time.

But what if one faction is ideologically driven to riven? Particularly that faction's driving force.

CQ Publisher Robert Merry - a former reporter at the WSJ, thus confirming that he must also be a zealous crazed liberal - has diagnosed the Neocons in his new and instantly indispensable ``Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy and the Hazards of Global Ambition.'' The Neocons don't actually possess a set of beliefs so much as a shared case of ego-maniacal cholic.

``It is a temperament that favors pugnacity, bold thinking, and grand, encompassing visions of the world and the future. It is a temperament that shuns complexity, tactical adjustment, and the role of patience in geopolitical maneuverings. It is also a temperament, as we shall see, that could prove highly dangerous in a post-Cold War era characterized by brutal and persistent cultural and civilizational clashes.'' ppg. 173

Now he tells us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope we're all on a Merry-go-round and that us leftwing extremists have a chance to make things right. No pun intended.

7/16/2005 12:02 PM  

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