I am a bit appalled to hear that there is speculation that we might play a Douglas MacArthur with Iraq (he was the U.S. general who ran Japan post WW2) or hunt up an Iraqi dictator (of our choice) to run Iraq (we have sure done that frequently around the world during the past century).

So it goes — from WMD to stopping terrorism to introducing democracy to running the show our way.  I don’t think this latest move will work any better than the previous ones.  Japan did not have a civil war in process and we don’t have enough troops in shape to impose anyone over there for very long.  Whee!  I think we have seen this situation far too many times since our last clear cut justified war on oppression — WW2.

Doesn’t look like we will have any serious outside help either.  We are viewed as being the biggest bully on the block.  Yoicks!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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