Political Realist on Match restraint with implacable robustness or a collection of cliches

Mr. Stephens has to be congratulated for staying so close to the script of the respectable Foreign Policy chatterer, while seeming to impart a seasoned wisdom to the reader. Absent from the essay is any mention of the 100 to 200 nuclear war heads that Israel possesses, and the missiles to deliver them: political conformists don’t mention that the balance of power in the ‘Middle East’ was breached by Israel, and that if anything Iran is simply seeking to redress that imbalance, as so many countries have done. I forgot that the prevailing propaganda is that the Iranians are mad men incapable of rational, deliberative, self-interested thought: wasn’t that the party line that the hawks used against the Soviet Union? Or is a perpetual state of political amnesia our self-elected destiny?
Then there is this: ‘What the superpower does here, matters there. Allowing Mr Assad to step over a red line in Syria sent a message to Russia’s Vladimir Putin about what he might get away with in Ukraine.’ On the issue of Ukraine, another historical elision is evident in Mr. Stephens’ essay: Nuland, Pyatt,The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Right Sector and Svoboda conspired and overthrew a duly elected government in Ukraine. And that blatant example of perennial American political adventurism continues to cost human lives. ‘Match restraint with implacable robustness’ is a motto that reeks bourgeois political respectability, and perfect for consumption by the readership of The Financial Times, what else need be said!
Political Realist


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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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