Leslie Gelb: ‘We are the sane ones, the rational ones’ by Political Cynic

Leslie Gelb like so many of the adherents to Foriegn Policy Realism,(the once celebrated, but now politically passe ‘Adult Supervision’ of Scowcroft/Brzezinski?)never tires of proclaiming at a shout,”We are the sane ones. We are the rational ones.” Although you would not know that from even a cursory reading of his latest essay at The Daily Beast. He attacks the arch Neo-Conservative warmonger and bully, Mr. William Kristol. Although Mr. Gelb is not in any way a ‘dove’, witness his joy at the news at the state sponsored murder of Osama bin Laden,an e-mail from an anonymous, but ‘key’ White House aide brought the happy news; narrated in the hushed but respectful tone of the commited ‘Realist’. Or his genuflection in the direction of the FBI concocted plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the drone attacks on targets around the world.  I see no sanity or rationality here, in his stolid opinionating, I have joined with the many and the few, who wonder at the place this opinionator has attained, and his advocacy of policies, that are simply the faded reflection of the Neo-Conservative Ideology of perpetual war.

Political Cynic


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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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