Even the most educated and smart people can view events through rose colored glasses. Take for example a fellow blogger that I have met on-line that goes by the name JohnnyX. He has shown a clearness in his writings and provided some valuable information to me, but today I wanted to address one of his posts called:Wilsonian Redux.
In 1918, Presdent Woodrow Wilson committed U.S. forces to the territory north of St. Petersburg, to help fight the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War. By 1919, 5,000 American troops were in the northern Russian theater, intervening on the side of the anti-Bolsheviks. The plan, of course, backfired, resulting in a hardened Bolshevik opposition.It seems that very few people can identify as to what the anti-Bolsheviks were and how they are identified, even Socialists that know so much about the glorious "Revolution" can not identify the White movement or White Army. There was also the Green armies and the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine (Black Army). If you read through the White Army link you will see that many nations sent armies or helped the Whites in a variety of ways. As far as backfiring, we should really ask Lenin and his comrades that felt that revolution is glorious, but you really can not say this was a causality since the civil war (oppositions) was not of our doing. We could say that Wilson was actually very smart to recognize that Marxist/Communist Doctrine was not going to be a good thing for Russia or the world. And as John Maynard Keynes said:
I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas…. But, soon or late, it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil….Now back to JohnnyX:
In June of 1919 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution asking Wilson to explain his reasons for sending troops to fight and die in Siberia. Republican (that's right, Republican) Senator William Borah exposed Wilson's strategy of sliding into war through the back door, saying that "while Congress has not declared war, we are carrying on war with the Russian people. We have an army in Russia; we are furnishing munitions and supplies." The good Senator harshly condemned what had been revealed as nothing more or less than a policy "to intervene by military force in the internal affairs of Russia and to establish a government that will be satisfactory to [allied] powers."I have to say yes it is right that Wilson should have notified Congress of his intentions but I am sure he understood the situation in Russia a lot better than any Senator. But this passage from here:
Senator Borah in his speech said it mattered not whether the American soldiers aiding Kolchak were regulars, volunteers or drafted men, they had no business in Russia.Which seems to contradict Ron Paul's stance that as long as people volunteer and spend their own resources they can delve in Democracy building.
Though Russia had not attacked or threatened any member of the League of Nations, the Wilson administration couldn't wait to flex its muscles alongside Britain and Japan in one of the first follies of democratic nation-building. Atrocities abounded. Russian women and children were starved by a blockade enforced by the allied governments. Madeleine Albright would have been proud.Yes, Albright is the devil in disguise and I condemn her for thinking and then saying that 1/2 million Iraqi children dieing is worth it. But seriously that I do not see as "Nation-Building" only defending the rights of some for a true Democracy like we have. We sided on one side of a revolutionary war like the French did for us. Talk about atrocities, our little force is nothing compared to the tens of millions that died under USSR rule all we need to do is ask the Kulaks">. Well, instead of building a Democracy we allowed a Communist Regime to flourish.
"We are utterly at sea as to why our armed forces are carrying on war in Russia," the Senator lamented, "but whatever is being done in that country in the way of armed intervention is without authority. It is a plain usurpation of power to maintain troops in Russia. It breaks down and disregards every principle of constitutional government of which we can conceive."Unfortunately we have to small of a world to just let Genocide/Democide go unchecked. In some small way we are all at risk if tyranny rules the day. Yes, Wilson did yield to public pressure and that was the beginning of a long chain of the USA turning its back on its allies and friends. Well I guess it is Biblical Proportions when they had 40,000 nuclear devices with nuclear submarines and some of the most advanced military hardware of any country including the USA.
No Bolshevik sympathizer, he nevertheless maintained that "if they see fit to have a Soviet government, it is their business." Wilson eventually yielded to public pressure and pulled the troops out. Decades later the National Review crowd would find in Soviet Russia a sinister evil of near biblical proportions, rather than a sadly errant and doomed system rotting from the inside out, as Mises and Rothbard had the wisdom to perceive.
But a good idea has a 1000 fathers and a bad one is a bastard. It may have been doomed but when is the question?
Senator Borah saw in the entrance to the League of Nations a dangerous move away from America's traditional doctrine of armed neutrality. "We are sitting there dabbling in their affairs and intermeddling in their concerns. In other words, Mr. President—and this comes to the question which is fundamental with me—we have forfeited and surrendered, once and for all, the great policy of "no entangling alliances" upon which the strength of this Republic has been founded for 150 years."But then Borah says the following:
You have put in here a reservation upon the Monroe doctrine. I think that, in so far as language could protect the Monroe doctrine, it has been protected. But as a practical proposition, as a working proposition, tell me candidly, as men familiar with the history of your country and of other countries, do you think that you can intermeddle in European affairs; and, secondly, never to permit Europe to [interfere in our affairs].So if he is supporting the Monroe Doctrine and using that as a reason for no interference in European affairs then he is also not an isolationist as the rest of speech seems to state. So much for "no entangling alliances". Then he seems to backtrack:
We can not protect the Monroe doctrine unless we protect the basic principle upon which it rests, and that is the Washington policy. I do not care how earnestly you may endeavor to do so, as a practical working proposition your league will come to the United States....
He predicted, at the very outset, the sorrowful result of Wilsonianism: "We shall be a party to the rule of force. There is no other way by which you can keep people in subjection. You must either give them independence, recognize their rights as nations to live their own life and to set up their own form of government, or you must deny them these things by force. That is the scheme, the method proposed by the league. It proposes no other. We will in time become inured to its inhuman precepts and its soulless methods strange as this doctrine now seems to a free people."But the power of the Police State creates many situations that does not allow people a choice "to live their own life and to set up their own form of government". In a perfect world there would be no Police States but in reality we still have Sudan, Burma, North Korea, Zimbabwe, etc. Borah also seems to equate nations rights with people's rights.
Foreign interventionism really began around the time that plans to annex Hawaii found their way onto the table. Their fulcrum was a renewed sense of manifest destiny, but they fizzled when President Cleveland nixed them. Yet even as the crassness of imperialism for commercial concerns (opening new markets for American business) and for the political desire to find some place in which to plow budget surpluses (naval expansion) became too obvious and thus uncomfortable for most, a new justification arose that was, as historian Ernest May put it, "clothed in the rhetoric of piety". By the time Wilson took the reigns, exporting the American brand of goodness had risen to an obsession.I do love the way JohnnyX has a way with words. But honestly this sounds more like my lefty friends than any conservative. This does bring me back to William E. Borah- Speech On The League Of Nations:
Sir, we are told that this treaty means peace. Even so, I would not pay the price. Would you purchase peace at the cost of any part of our independence? We could have had peace in 1776– the price was high, but we could have had it. James Otis, Sam Adams, Hancock, and Warren were surrounded by those who urged peace and British rule. All through that long and trying struggle, particularly when the clouds of adversity lowered upon the cause, there was a cry of peace—let us have peace. We could have had peace in 1860; Lincoln was counseled by men of great influence and accredited wisdom to let our brothers—and, thank Heaven, they are brothers— depart in peace. But the tender, loving Lincoln, bending under the fearful weight of impending civil war, an apostle of peace, refused to pay the price, and a reunited country will praise his name forevermore—bless it because he refused peace at the price of national honor and national integrity. Peace upon any other basis than national independence, peace purchased at the cost of any part of our national integrity, is fit only for slaves, and even when purchased at such a price it is a delusion, for it can not last.So Borah seems to justify the Civil War that was clearly against a collection of states that formed a Nation and thus how dare he meddle in their affairs? Was this not force to prevent a Nation and also a collection of people from governing themselves? Thus I question JohnnyX's opinions on Hawaii vs. the Civil War.
And so began our campaign to find, and measure our exuberant strength against, all manner of monsters that lurked abroad. Like Beowulf, America set out on a crusade to poke every disagreeable fiend in the eye and to settle all disputes. We did it for the "greater good", and only coincidentally in the service of "interests"—which by the way are invariably spoken of, when acknowledged at all, in the vaguest terms and usually prefaced with a meaningful pause.I can not say that these points have no merit in that we can and do find enemies, but that is the same that seems to be happening in Europe to a bigger degree. The only difference is that we are willing to face it more directly.
Today the monster is radical Islam, and the rhetoric hasn't changed. We're battling an evil enemy bent on world domination; we're hacking it down for the benefit of the oppressed natives who will surely want to mimic us if given the opportunity; and when we fail in the first two tasks, we are compelled to stay or else there will be chaos. Even the ultimate fall-back argument against abandoning our pole-to-pole interventionism, which the Manchester Union-Leader recently invoked against Ron Paul, is stale: "A policy of isolation did well enough when we were an embryo nation," one U.S. Senator sneered in the year 1893, "but today things are different."Yes, to deny that radical Islam is not a threat is pure illogical thinking. Have we responded more than necessary? That is a question I will leave for historians. But just listen to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to get an idea how dangerous the rhetoric is. As far as "oppressed natives", yes let them decide what they want but we should allow them the options besides the boot of the Police State pressing down on their collective necks. They may mimic a whole of Liberal Democracies maybe even God forbid Canadian Democracy!
And now responding to the last link at: I Advocate the Same Foreign Policy the Founding Fathers Would.
...second, that their political philosophy – the wisdom of the Constitution, the Declaration, and our Revolution itself – is not just a primitive cultural relic.Well in certain ways it is a primitive cultural relic based on a set of beliefs and knowledge that people over 200 years ago thought. For one thing the field of Economics is so much more advanced since then. Which is one reason that it is pure foolishness to think of eliminating the Federal Reserve System.
If I understand the editors' concerns, I have not been accused of deviating from the Founders' logic; if anything I have been accused of adhering to it too strictly.
And now for some gratuitous pizza dancing:Ron Paul Fever: Catch It!
And lastly a funny article on the followers of Ron Paul: New York Mayor’s Worst Nightmare
White Emigre is also worth a look at.
Something to keep an eye on: 'Criminal' Botnet Stumps for Ron Paul, Researchers Allege
Ron Paul: A New Hope
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