Back in 2002, Jonah Goldberg wrote this
in the National Review:
So how does all this, or the humble attempt at a history lesson of my last column, justify tearing down the Baghdad regime? Well, I’ve long been an admirer of, if not a full-fledged subscriber to, what I call the “Ledeen Doctrine.” I’m not sure my friend Michael Ledeen will thank me for ascribing authorship to him and he may have only been semi-serious when he crafted it, but here is the bedrock tenet of the Ledeen Doctrine in more or less his own words: “Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.” That’s at least how I remember Michael phrasing it at a speech at the American Enterprise Institute about a decade ago (Ledeen is one of the most entertaining public speakers I’ve ever heard, by the way).
It’s been ten years since the US did anything Goldberg (and presumably Ledeen) might describe as picking up “some crappy little country” and throwing it “against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.” I did a quick Google search – if either man has backed away from the Ledeen doctrine, it doesn’t come up. As a result, I presume they’d cheerlead any attempts to show some other country what-for.
But there are other neocons seem to feel a show of force some kind is needed at this time. The National Review staff described a recent interview with Charles Krauthammer this way
Referring to press secretary Jay Carney’s warning that allowing Snowden to leave will undoubtedly harm China’s relationship with the U.S., Krauthammer argued that nobody in Beijing takes President Obama’s threats seriously: “Nobody worries or cares about what Obama says because it carries no weight.”
Bear in mind, back in 2001, after a Chinese pilot bumped an American spy plane over international waters, seized the crew, dismantled the plane piece by piece to reverse engineer the plane’s technology, charged the US for room and board for “the well-being of the crew” and then got an official apology from the US government, Krauthammer described events this way
Krauthammer apparently is arguing that the US government is showing more weakness now than when it agreed to leave a tip for hostage takers. And we know, from past experience, what he’d recommend to shed an appearance of weakness. And yet, there doesn’t seem to be much of a clamor from the usual suspects for following the Ledeen doctrine these days.
So, for grins and giggles, pretend you’re one of them… who would you propose invading, and why? And tell your friends.