"The New Yorker, March 21
In a profile of "national security Democrats" that focuses sharply on Joseph Biden, Jeffrey Goldberg scrutinizes the Delaware senator's hawkish rhetoric. After talking to many of Biden's fellow hawkish Democrats and potential presidential candidates in 2008—such as Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson—Goldberg notes that Biden believes 75 percent of Americans would choose to "end all terror threats against the United States within the year" even if it meant "no help" for education, Social Security, and health care. "
From Slate's In Other Magazines.
Oy oy oy.
How many would choose "to end all terror threats against the United States within the year" even if it meant "no help" for the irradiated mutants in the rest of the world after a tactical nuclear strike against everyone in the world but us?
Biden BELIEVES this shit, does he? What about these apples?
True, the mere 25% of people most concerned with violent actions (19% war in Iraq, 6% terrorism in general) or the 30-45% people worried about those issues in other polls would come 'round if they knew there was a "final solution."
Ok, this is a bit hyperbolic (fictional ed. --Ya think?), but the point is -- does Biden think this is a GOOD thing (it seems so)? And if he had his way, does that mean we'll let the innards of our empire collapse to prop up it's world-spanning reach? Didn't that not work for previous civilizations? (fictional ed. --Maybe their endless states of war weren't endless enough?)
Sigh. Luckily, I'm pretty sure Biden is very very off. I'm pretty sure a lot of people in the US still want to, you know, "get theirs." (And then there's the fact that you can't abolish terrorism because terrorism is a tactic... unless we have telepaths on hand to erase the very concept, the best we could do is -- hey, maybe provide for global equity? ...Nah. Let's hear it for Armageddon and the Rapture!!)
Maybe this clutch of hawks will end up eating their own young. One can only hope.