Monday, October 31, 2005

B.S. from a Ph.D.

David Gelernter, a charter member of Conservative Academics Banded Against Logic*, proves once again that he just simply doesn't care to tell anyone the truth. As Media Matters has pointed out, his most recent column blatantly misquotes Carter's Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Gelernter writes:
Carter preached anti-anti-communism: As the U.S. military deteriorated for lack of funds and confidence, and Cuban troops with Soviet advisors moved into Angola and Ethiopia, Carter's secretary of State announced that "to oppose Soviet or Cuban involvement in Africa would be futile." This was foreign policy as the left liked it.
Is it really? Um, no.
The more lucid and consistent statements of U.S. policy over these past months have come from Secretary of State Vance, as he initially outlined it in an address in July, 1977, at St. Louis and restated it in an Atlantic City speech this past June. Essentially, Vance on both occasions sought to identify American policy with African nationalism, on the basis of the faith that "having won independence, African nationals will defend it against challenge from any source." Accordingly, a "negative, reactive policy that seeks only to oppose Soviet or Cuban involvement would be both dangerous and futile."
In other words, don't just oppose bad guys, but improve the situation. Crazy, huh?

Gelernter further supports the war in Iraq with an argument that can most succintly be paraphrased with two words: Deus Vult!
Polls show American uneasiness about the war. Naturally. The fighting is dirty and dangerous. But the U.S. is a God-fearing nation; we are proving that by battling to spread justice.

* Other members include Victor Davis Hanson and Fred Kagan.


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