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August 11, 2013

VDH: 'America as Pill Bug or the Ostrich Nation'

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Perhaps with the current administration in charge we might change our moniker from "Land of the Free and home of the Brave. To the "Roly-Poly Nation.

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We might even consider changing the stars and stripes to a flag with an ostrich as its symbol

As Victor Davis Hanson tells us from the National Review Online:

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Closing our embassies was prudent in the short term. But what message does it send?

We've all run across the pill bug in our gardens. At the first sign of danger, the tiny paranoid crustacean suddenly turns into a ball in hopes the danger will have passed when he unrolls.

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That roly-poly bug can serve as a fair symbol of present-day U.S. foreign policy, especially in our understandable weariness over Iraq, Afghanistan, and the scandals that are overwhelming the Obama administration.

On August 4, U.S. embassies across the Middle East simply closed on the basis of intelligence reports of planned al-Qaeda violence. The shutdown of 21 diplomatic facilities was the most extensive in recent American history.

Yet we still have over a month to go before the twelfth anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, an iconic date for radical Islamists.

Such preemptive measures are no doubt sober and judicious. Yet if we shut down our entire public profile in the Middle East on the threat of terrorism, what will we do when more anti-American violence arises? Should we close more embassies for more days, or return home altogether?

Take the time to read the whole thing.

Cross posted from WeThePeople Blog.

Posted by DancingCzars at August 11, 2013 12:04 PM



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