There's a wonderfully cheerful headline on the front page of today's Washington Post. "U.S.," it reads, "will not send forces to Iraq." I wanted in my quiet living room to shout "Hurrah!" We all should remember that President George W. Bush did invade Iraq, thereby doing no good that anyone could see.
There are some other countries, of course, that belong on the "None of Our Troops, Buddy" list. Syria would be my first add, then maybe Egypt. That list could include lots of Middle Eastern countries, but there is plenty of room for others--Pakistan comes to mind. Is this some new isolationism? Okay, so what if it is?
Back in the 1930s, it was wrong to be an isolationist. That was because a crazy German dictator named Adolf Hitler really believed that he and his "master race" could conquer the world. He couldn't, but he conquered a lot of Europe before the rest of the world, led by the Soviet Union and the Western democracies--the United Kingdom and the United States--got together and conquered him.
There's no powerful nut like Hitler now. So let's keep our soldiers home. They could build roads or playgrounds for poor kids. Beats the hell out of fighting, don't you think?