The Morality Of Political Realism: Fortitude For The American Imperium

What are we witnessing in the political and therefore spiritual morass that is a craven European Union, especially geopolitically and strategically?  “Idealism” is a tough sell in American Foreign Policy, but most often it has been alloyed to the social and cultural configurations of the its host country.  I’ve often agreed with Dr. Kissenger’s critical assessment of the limitations of “idealism”, but I’ve often found Kissenger more of a tactician than Statesman.  What do I mean?  A man like Kissenger would not be able to deal with the American Imperium in Mesopotamia, nor with the political aspirations that is becoming the populist revolt known as the Arab Spring.  I say this with grave reservations.

Kissenger was shunned by Reagan, and with good reason.  Unalloyed “idealism” in foreign policy is most certainly a dangerous blunder.  But as our gains throughout the Near East and Mesopotamia show, the American Imperium is tenacious in his foundation.

Let me explain.

Our success in Mesopotamia will not depend on the successful manipulation of technology or markets BUT ON THE ENDS WE PURSUE AND THE MEANS CHOSEN!

America discerns this executive craft when it pursues expressions of its identity, especially domestically.  When America decides on a policy consistent with our identity and mission, about who we are, and why we are ‘exceptional’, we have discovered the fortitude to govern the ends we choose and the means chosen as a unique political gift unanswerable by many throughout history.

As Alexander Solzhenitzen has emphatically written, the most dangerous enemy we have ever faced remains precisely where it always has been:  within.

Without the hard fought discernment of a political identity, established in founding documents and war itself, then the discernment itself and the ends chosen are paralyzing.  Worse yet, is to acknowledge abortive attempts to secure such identity outside the required tension indicative of growth itself.


About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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