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Getting rid of all bad guys: The American mission, or a recipe for forever war?

Rajiv Chandrasekaran had a very good look at U.S. special operators pursuing warlord Joseph Kony. Well worth your reading.

But in it, my hackles were raised by this comment from an American diplomat:

"Is Joseph Kony a direct threat to the United States? No," said Scott DeLisi, the U.S. ambassador to Uganda. "He's not targeting U.S. citizens. He's not targeting U.S. embassies. He's not al-Qaeda."

Instead, DeLisi said, Kony merits U.S. involvement because his malign behavior runs counter to "our core values."

"Why is the United States engaged in the world, for God's sake?" he said. "If we are true to what we believe in as Americans ... we need to get rid of Joseph Kony."

Justifications like that make me sympathetic to the Bacevichians who want us to pull back. If the U.S. mission in the world is to get rid the world of evil, we are going to be fighting for a loooong time. Among other things, that likely will undermine our nation. So by trying to enforce American values abroad we may lose them at home.


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Comment of the day: Screenplays being shopped before OBL cools to room temp

So avers the reliable Jim Gourley, and I agree with his harsh assessment of the celebrification of Special Ops: "Everything is out of the closet. People hardly knew anything about the OSS during WWII. These days the script to Zero Dark Thirty is finished before Osama's body is cold."

Time to move the SEALs out of California to someplace like Biloxi?

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