Paul Greenberg’s article The Next War, published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, put him squarely in the camp of both the cheap war propagandists and the dim-bulb intellectual gatekeepers of accepted thought. This may be old news for anyone that reads Mr. Greenberg regularly, but since I normally avoid it, this article took me by surprise.
The version in the print edition of the Democrat contained a part that was cut in the online version I was able to find on Townhall.com. I guess he thought he could get away with the gratuitous, laughable attack on Ron Paul in a paper that has a geriatric audience who still get their news and opinions on paper. Either Mr. Greenberg or Townhall.com knew better than to publish such trash even on an establishment website. For those not fortunate enough to read the Democrat Gazette, I will reproduce the part here:
“We yearn for an America that never was, one uninvolved in the rest of the world. The dream never dies. It is reborn after every war. Now it’s Ron Paul’s turn to revive it. An older, plainer version of Charles A. Lindbergh, the Lone Eagle of 1920s fame who rallied America Firsters in the 30s, Ron Paul never misses an opportunity to sound retreat. A contemporary version of Robert A. Taft without the intellect or subtlety, he is this era’s incarnation of the old isolationist impulse.
Congressman Paul may be more caricature than continuation, but his ideas-more irritable mental gestures than ideas-fascinate the young. They haven’t seen this show before; it’s all new to them. And being young, they are in love with the new. This is where some of us came in, but they are unbruised by history.”
Whether Mr. Greenberg is a propagandistic lier or a puffed-up mental short-stack, I don’t know. But calling Dr. Paul a caricature of C. A. Linbdberg is so far out, I would assume he hopes his readers know nothing of Dr. Paul. That is if he hopes to maintain any credibility as a writer. The comparison to R. A. Taft deserves even less comment.
I am young. But unlike Mr. Greenberg, I am capable of seeing through the Grimm’s fairy tale-esque narrative of history that is proposed in his article. He writes:
“The end of the dream can come abruptly. As on December 7, 1941. Or on June 25, 1950, when the Korean War was suddenly upon us. Or in our time, September 11, 2001.”
Unlike Mr. Greenberg, millions of young people can see that cutting off Japanese oil before Pearl Harbor had the same (intended) effect as the current economic/trade sanctions are likely to have on Iran. Some folks have even learned that Roosevelt and Churchill ignored german resistance fighters requesting help stopping Hitler early on, resulting in their hanging. Thanks to Dr. Paul, millions of young (and not so young) people understand the concept of blowback, and understand what a cynical joke the idea is that the US military defends “the free world”. The US military seems to get the joke as well, as Dr. Paul’s presidential campaign receives more donations from active military personnel than all other candidates (including Obama) combined. Thanks to Dr. Paul, millions of people will laugh at the line: “American weakness invites the next war”.
In this article, we are also treated to an economics lesson. Thanks again to Dr. Paul, several million young people can see that Mr. Greenberg is no more than a sorry republican version of Paul Krugman. They can see that Mr. Greenberg whole heartedly believes the old, oft-refuted idea that broken windows make us all richer, and that the only difference between Paul K. and Paul G. is that one likes blue states, and one likes bombs. They can see that Paul G. can not tell the difference between “better-connected lobbies, industries, corporations, labor unions and Government Supported Enterprises” and the US war machine.
Dr. Paul’s “irritable mental gestures”, distilled from the thought of Mises, Hayek, Bastiat, Rothbard, and many others, have ignited a fire in the minds of millions, young and old, who can now see through the desperate, shallow narrative sold by the apologists for endless war. The genie is out of the bottle.
I hope and pray that the US avoids war with Iran, but if it comes to that, establishment propagandists of Mr. Greenberg’s ilk will hold partial responsibility for all the young lives, “unbruised by history” that are destroyed.