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Deaths of Two American Warriors: Rumsfeld & Powell

October 18, 2021

The Death of Donald Rumsfeld in June of this year and Colin Powell on Monday, October 18, 2021 is an important sign.

Rumsfeld who served three terms in Congress and twice as U.S. Secretary of Defense and Colin Powell, a career military officer, signify a decline in the influential ranks of modern Internationalism.  Referred to as the Democracy Project by contemporary “Progressives” who oppose Donald Trump’s “Nationalism,” Rumsfeld and Powell’s careers were based on acceptance of the international responsibility of the United States.

Both were comrades in arms with President George W. Bush and have died at a time that Bush 43’s willingness to use force of arms is being laid to rest.

Are you willing to go to war with the PRC because of its atrocious human rights record?

Do you believe President Biden should send American troops to Haiti to recover kidnapped Christian missionaries from Ohio?

Does your heart go pitter-patter when you recall President Teddy Roosevelt declare “Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead!

If your answer is “Yes,” then you stand in the Internationalist tradition that Rumsfeld and Powell honored.

Times have changed, however, and the 2016 Presidential election was won by an unlikely wealthy playboy who understood that the American voter wanted no more wars for democracy.

Internationalism is alive and well regarded by “Progressives,” of course, but the numbers of policy experts who champion wars for democracy’s sake are dying off.

That is the significance of the passing of these two warriors.

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