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This clip from a speech by former president Bush has been making the rounds over the last couple of weeks following Megyn (sp?) Kelly bringing attention to it on Fox News:

Yeah, he’s correct. The problem is, he could have been giving that speech in 2017 or 2027 and, assuming we’d maintained a continual presence in Iraq from the 2003 invasion onward and were finally contemplating a withdrawal from the tribalistic, medieval place, it would sound just as prophetic then as it putatively does today. Having knocked out repressive but stable autocracies in Iraq (directly) and Libya, Egypt, and possibly Syria (indirectly), we’ve created a lot more space in the Islamic world for potential future threats to America to fester and grow.

With apologies to Homer, it might be quipped that military intervention for the purpose of WEIRD nation-building is the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems!

That said, putting a moratorium on immigration from Islamic countries would do more for Western security than we can ever hope any amount of foreign policy meddling in MENA will achieve. There are thousands of underclass white girls in England who might not have had their childhoods and early adolescences destroyed if we weren’t so civilizationally self-destructive.

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  1. "Prophetic Prestidigitation"

    Been reading Steven Pinker recently? 😉

  2. A rather pointless prophet, since the U.S. pretty much followed his timeline and still ended up with this freaking mess. This is only going to work for people still buying into the left/right political nonsense.

  3. Peter,

    Who hasn't been?!


    Yes, this is a perfect example of how mainstream partisan right and mainstream partisan left are almost indistinguishable. Same main courses on offer with slightly different seasoning mixes.

  4. I would be ok with letting the embattled Christians of the near east find a new home in the west. Of course, it would be racist to harbor only refugees who share our values and are unlikely to rape our daughters and blow up crowds of people.

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