Weiss produces a gem from The New York Times Book Review from 1957. Greenspan was defending his idol after her most famous work, Atlas Shrugged, had been thrashed in multiple reviews. Greenspan dutifully makes his case in Randian-speak: “Atlas Shrugged is a celebration of life and happiness,” he wrote. “Justice is unrelenting. Creative individuals and undeviating purpose and rationality achieve joy and fulfillment. Parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should.”
I joyfully await the perishing of the parasites Mr. Greenspan enabled. Actually Ayn Rand’s influence on the Tea Party and conservative GOP is hilariously exposed in the first third of the essay. I doubt the sons of light will read it though.
Like everything else in foreign policy, but especially the Middle-East, if you have an emotional attachment to one side or another it is extremely difficult to read POVs from the other side of any issue. I understand that, However I don’t have any such attachments myself. I stand with what is in America’s interest, and so the security of Israel goes hand in glove with a viable Palestinian state, and the right of Iran to pursue peaceful nuclear power goes hand in glove with Israel’s right to do so as well, provided they sign the NPT. So I agree with former President Bush, that sometimes circumstances override ideology, as well as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The first four or five years of this blog I admit I hung back a little and waited on the top tier to set the agenda and tone of my position. Things change. I have become in Col Lang’s words a hard hearted empathetic, more realist than I was years gone by. I do not believe we will see the world we wish to see, any more than I intend on being bullshitted into policies that create worlds that others wish to see. I understand Gerson’s point that the grand Poobahs know things that we do not, many of them not because we shouldn’t know some of those things, but because they couldn’t manipulate public opinion if those things were known. That very much ties in with the AIPAC lobby, which long time readers will recall I have also defended on occasion or two.
If from time to time I get things wrong, well so be it. I won’t apologize for the effort I make either in gathering facts or interpreting them if I’ve made the best effort to do so with American interests first and foremost in the equation, and will not apologize for erring on the side of my country above all others, even if that means disagreeing with my own government, and popular opinion. If that doesn’t suit you, well, too bad. To that end I find that supporting the self determination of other peoples in their own lands to be strategically in America’s best self interests, even if in the short run it makes our lives, or those of our allies, a little more difficult.