In this episode of The American Political Melodrama Robert Kagan continues in his role as Porcine Spartan. He is tumescent over the possibility that Putin interfered with the American election. Based on the ‘evidence’ provided by the utterly lawless National Security Agencies!
Like the bad propagandist/apologist he is, Kagan studiously ignores the American Tradition, inaugurated by the 1823 Monroe Doctrine, that the whole of the Western Hemisphere was its Sphere of Influence. After WWII, the hegemonic ambition of this nation state became the American Empire: the world encircled by American military bases. A partial list of America’s victims: Korea,Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and almost of the all the nations states south of America’s border with Mexico!
Any opportunity, to bring to fruition the political nihilism of Neo-Conservatism is the sine qua non of this armchair general: the end game is a war with Russian revanchism, personified by Putin as the New Stalin.
Look to the comic book logorrhea of Leo Strauss, who re-wrote the ‘History of Western Philosophy’, M.F. Burnyeat dubbed Strauss a ‘Sphinx Without a Secret’ in 1985, yet he remains a persistent presence in American intellectual life! As the model that Kagan adopts as his ‘standard’: self-serving intellectual mendacity the ruling practice of both Strauss and Kagan. Only at the Washington Post, the Kagan penchant for intellectual bloat is held in check, by the exercise of long standing editorial standards of a newspaper whose column inches have value, even in the Age of the Internet.