“We are beginning to behave like a poor nation,” Kerry said of Americans’ unwillingness to support ever-larger, ever more calamitous wars the world over. He vowed that the US wouldn’t retreat anywhere in the world. The US spends more on its military than nearly the whole rest of the world combined, and throws billions of dollars in military aid at other nations, subsidizing their own wars. Yet budget concerns have slowed the rate of growth of this spending in recent years, inconveniencing Kerry’s plans to start new wars.Airy appeals to exporting DC's civil rights revolution don't carry much weight any more, and Kerry understands that. So he appealed instead to Americans' economic interests:
Kerry insisted Americans “do not perceive the connection between US engagement abroad and the US economy, their own jobs and wider US interests.”That reminds me of the old joke among engineering students: What is the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers? Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets. DC has made a fortune playing both sides of this scam. It sends in its troops and jets to break things and kill people, then mops up in the reconstruction, insisting on sweetheart deals with the puppet government it props up. Problem is, as we're seeing all too clearly in both Iraq and Afghanistan, that neat little scam isn't working anymore. In Iraq, for example, the autonomous Kurds have made oil deals that bypass Baghdad. In fact, centralized big governments are collapsing all around the world. The puppets in charge cannot control their populations any longer. Regional, historical cultures are re-asserting their rights of self-determination, and are leaving their central governments in the dust - where they belong. John Kerry is scared. And that's the best news we've had in years.