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Biden’s Successor

February 11, 2022

Only former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley were credentialed for higher office during the Trump Administration, with the result that Pompeo, Haley and now Chris Christie have surfaced as potential successors to President Biden.

A former Governor of Liberal Democrat New Jersey and a former Governor preferred on the basis of gender, not qualifications, are not representative of what once under Ronald Reagan was a vigorous GOP, but on the surface, Mike Pompeo has what it takes.

A West Point grad, ten years’ service in the military, successful businessman and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives is a winning combination, but for Pompeo’s belief that American foreign policy must pursue the ideal of “making the world safe for democracy.”

Since the First World War when an American President called for destruction of balance of power politics, our concept of the national interest has been infected with a spiritual disorder. That disease was made visible in a variety of attempts to surpass real problems the American nation encountered with proposals that transcended mere politics.

We call these proposals “the Democratic Project” which can be misdiagnosed as “Idealism” or selfless aspiration and confused with teachings that we read in the King James Bible.

Underlying the “Democratic Project” is not the “Sermon on the Mount,” but a rejection of reality and reality’s replacement with another, much better, reality rooted in all the deep recesses of the human soul where we hide from the Giver of Life and aspire “to go it alone.”

That, basically, is what “making the world safe for democracy” means. Ignore the centers of faith, community and tribe and replace them with something new and “Made in America.”

The civil society we imposed on Afghanistan would last until the native forces of that Muslim nation could breathe without contamination by noxious American idealism. Now our intellectuals wonder what went wrong and are searching for a new idealistic spirit to cover our eyes from reality.

“Reality,” rightly understood, rejects “nation building” and the placing in harm’s way of American boys and girls with high school idealism and memories of military service by fathers and grandfathers. They fight in honor of the service of family members not suspecting that they, veterans of the Afghan and Iraq wars, are victims of a modern ideology. Under a Pompeo Administration they will once more become victims of a modern ideology.

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