Reason has gone full-blown neocon. Recently I commented on a call to war with Russia by Cathy Young, published at Reason.com. Now it is another piece at Reason, written by Steve Chapman and entitled “Trump Forces a GOP Retreat On Russia.” Chapman doesn’t consider the so-called retreat to be a good thing.
He begins by favorably citing Mitt Romney from three years ago, calling out Obama for his naiveté regarding Russia:
“…the president wasn't able to shape the kinds of events that may have been able to prevent the kinds of circumstances that you're seeing in the Ukraine, as well as the things that you're seeing in Syria.”
Ukraine being right next to Russia; Syria, where Russia was legally invited by the president of the country to help put down a terrorist revolution. These are, somehow, the business of the United States government, according to beltway libertarians.
“This is not Fantasyland. This is reality where they are a geopolitical adversary.”
Because libertarians think in terms of geopolitical adversaries? On what planet? Apparently, on planet beltway.
Republican voters are dolts according to Chapman, after all…
One recent poll found that only one in four thinks Russia should be treated mainly as a threat—with the rest preferring warmer ties.
Warmer ties with a nuclear armed country. Why talk when you can bludgeon? This is what the beltway libertarians have come to.
And republicans in congress have had to become apologists for Trump:
…most of the party's members of Congress have done their best to downplay or excuse Trump's strange fondness for Vladimir Putin.
Maybe it’s just fondness for not starting a war that has the potential to destroy life on earth.
Citing the “collusion” by Trump, Jr., with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information on Hillary (who doesn’t?), Chapman suggests that only two republican senators got it right:
Only a few longtime Trump critics, notably John McCain and Lindsey Graham, were vocally disgusted by what they had learned.
Yes, the two warmongers who never saw a country that they didn’t want destroyed. The beltway libertarians at Reason are pleased with their “disgust.”
Life was better when presidents talked tough toward Russians (and the Soviet Union, which, it seems, never went away in the minds of the infantile):
The standard for presidents used to be higher.
In the past, the GOP demanded that presidents recognize the threat posed by the Russian government, understand the policies needed to counter it and have the backbone to stand up to any challenge. Trump, by their own criteria, has failed each of these tests.
The president must stand up to any challenge, because it is libertarian to think in terms of geopolitical adversaries and search out ways to foment war – even better if it is nuclear war.
Just ask Reason.