Does John Kerry Need a 12-Step Program?

Does the failure of the Obama/Kerry plan for a war of aggression against Syria — forestalled initially by Russian diplomacy and now by a UN Security Council resolution — mark a sea change in US policy, or just an anomalous and temporary detour?

The evidence is mostly in favor of the latter, as indicated by US Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend in an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

Quoth Kerry: “We will continue to stand up for our interests.” Which, since the Spanish-American War is US government-speak for “we will continue to deploy the US armed forces abroad in futile attempts to rule the world.”

I always thought it was Albert Einstein who said “insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results,” but it turns out the quote appears to have originated in an Alcoholics Anonymous text.

More than a century now — from the Spanish-American War to the Philippines Insurrection to Pershing’s Mexican expedition to World War I to the “banana wars” to World War II to Korea to Vietnam and beyond — mistake after mistake, always followed by consequences ranging from continuing diplomatic indigestion to full-blown catastrophic blowback. And Kerry, Obama and the Washington establishment are still unwilling to consider real change.

Like the AA folks say, the first step is admitting you have a problem.

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