Sunday, January 25, 2004

A Point For Gephardt and a Point For Matthew Yglesias

This is a great post detailing a very powerful moral/political weapon.

The only group of people who won't be swayed by this are the by nature morally bereft far-rightists who are too nationalistic and too U.N.-hating to care what the rest of the world thinks of US, much less what it'd take to reestablish diplomatic good faith with the international community.

In other words, a group that it would be flattery to call the Typhoid Mary of our sickly and wheezing Republic.

Psychologically, these people actually feel better if the world hates and fears and distrusts US -- for one just thing such a "policy" of sneering at world opinion actually plays to their not-so-secret general love of bullies, usually rationalised as a love of righteous mavericks.