Digby can write.
Basing your decisions upon your stated enemy’s threats and taunts and holding fast so they can’t yell “psych!” is not a foreign policy — it’s a WWF advertising campaign. It isn’t real and it doesn’t address any real problem. The US is the most powerful country on earth and the Islamoboogeymen are not going to take over our government and make us all wear burkas and pray to mecca. Really. Sophisticated thinkers would find solutions to the real problems of islamic fundamentalism and energy dependence and Israel and all the rest rather than launch invasions as PR exercises, but this is what we are dealing with. Marketing is the only thing the Mayberry Machiavellis know.
This isn’t some scripted TV “throw-down.” It’s a serious and complicated challenge and we desperately need to get some people in power who don’t depend on “Jack Baur” for their policy prescriptions. Every single day these jokers continue with their little playground game, they make things worse.