In his second inaugural address in January 1997, President Bill Clinton stated, "America stands alone as the world's indispensable nation." Since then, that phrase has been used on a regular basis. America, as an indispensable nation, underscores its dominance in resolving conflicts of all portions since the end of World War II. It has been a major enabler of global economic stability and prosperity of Western Europe and Japan, and, most important of all, it contained the former Soviet Union–playing a crucial role in bringing about its eventual implosion. (more…)
Category Archives: Drone attacks on Pakistan
Regular readers of my OpEds know that I do not make a habit of quoting myself. However, I will make an exception this time by reminding my readers of a column that I posted on my website on October 1, 2012 entitled, "Why Do Ex-politicians Make So Much Sense After Leaving Office?" In that column, I stated: "I challenge anyone to provide a persuasive answer to this question. I have one, but I don't claim that it is any more persuasive than the one provided by any other person. My take is that, once free from the burden of office, ex-politicians can speak their mind. The burden of being in the government forces all smart politicians (and even the dumb ones) to toe the government line–like a parrot–no matter how much they disagree with various policies. However, once out of office, they seem to relocate their previous lost wisdom and insight." One can also make the same observation about politicians who make very thoughtful observations earlier in their career on complex issues o
"The cause of the selective rage for Malala and the selective silence for the 176 Pakistani children killed by American drones is purely political. American lives matter; Pakistani children's lives do not â€¦ unless, of course, their lives and deaths can contribute to the narrative of terrorism and war being spun out of the White House. The fact that politicians, the military, and the media consider some dead children to matter while consigning other dead children to an Orwellian memory hole merely spotlights the depth of their depravity."