While Donald was busy bombing the air force that was bombing al qaeda, al qaeda resumed burnishing its moderate bonafides by bombing a bus load of evacuees. And though Ivanka has not yet revealed the extent of her heartbreak and outrage, one presumes photos like this will move her to implore an indulgent father to bomb the faction that bombed the faction that America just bombed. Look, you don’t concern yourself with results when moral imperatives are on the line.
Though I fear our fickle commander-in-chief has already turned his gaze elsewhere. Following now in the well-worn ruts of his recent predecessors, Trump seems to be fully embracing the Distance Doctrine. This framework holds that western state attention and resources are to be allocated in reverse proximity. The more alien the people and more distant the conflict, the more it is our responsibility to squander lives and wealth in making it worse. Syrians can feel the brunt of this as well as Missourians. With Damascus being a cringingly close 5,858 miles from DC, it was only a matter of time until a more distant fracas claimed our attention.
And now it has.
Pyongyang, with its tyrannical teletubby, is an almost irresistible 6,857 miles from Washington. So American attention–and naval armadas–have turned in that direction. God help whoever starts the next dust-up in Phnom Penh. Though with our officials now fully attuned to the Korean peninsula, there’s seemingly little distraction from mere domestic affairs. Certainly Trump’s ADL advisory-board doesn’t seem inclined to divert from the Distance Doctrine. While our more elderly readers might point out some hoary slogan about “America First,” that was actually ages ago–a time historians call “last Tuesday.”
But what’s more important than antique political promises is to diligently ignore the conflicts closest to home. Particularly if they’re actually in your home. And even though I’d celebrate saying otherwise, California still technically qualifies as domestic territory. While it’s admittedly a fringe opinion, mine is that the battle that occurred there today has implications for Americans even greater than which tribe of Middle East muslims we should bomb tomorrow.
For those who haven’t followed the news, another paramilitary clash took place in Berkeley between black-masked bolsheviks and the people who just a generation ago were simply called Americans. Both sides came ready to fight, though less ready than I suspect they will come in the future. War always seduces men to escalation, and it would be amazing if the tools in these clashes didn’t trend upward from pepper spray and flagpoles.
One of the most heartening aspects of this skirmish is that it actually was one. The left is long accustomed to the victory of jackals. That is to say cowardly weaklings individually become a vicious mob collectively. And the results of that mob are almost always bleeding whites and empty jail cells. But that’s not exactly what happened today. What did happen was quite surprising, to the left I’m sure more than anyone.
Participants in the Trump rally, of which Trump is now merely a totem to, showed up, waited, and were attacked by the communists as per custom. But this act didn’t play to script. Instead of battered, unconscious, and crying conservatives, the pack animals got a snout full of aggression and counterattack. And by the time the running street battles had been reduced to individual brawls the victorious forces of MAGA were left posing right between the hammer and sickle. That’s the sort of thing that’s hard to watch without a smile.
It will be interesting to see how much farther this goes: American troops fighting in foreign wars while the American people fight in their own. This situation having become essentially foreordained once the left made their opponents’ existence an act of evil.
But if Trump wants to prevent Ivanka’s heartbreak and outrage at seeing casualties from much closer conflicts, I would strongly encourage his boss, Mr. Kushner, to take a dim view of the source of such battles. If America is going to defend the rights of Syrians, it should start with examples from America. That means people who want to hold a political rally are entirely within their rights to do so. That also means the barista balaclavas who routinely attack them are entirely within their rights to eat batons and apply for parole. If that right to incarceration isn’t upheld by police, then it should become less and less of a surprise when the right to get their teeth kicked in is granted by increasingly hardened opponents.
To avoid having the country’s Starbucks adulterated by both tears and incisors is going to require a far firmer hand by federal authorities. Fortunately this has a well-established precedent. When white southerners got uppity about obeying a new law passed by the Supreme Court, presidents of both parties told them to talk to the bayonets. That being just one of many benefits the South has enjoyed from its membership in the union. But benefits are meant to be reciprocal, and so now it’s time to put boots and attorneys on the ground in every leftist spider hole.
No more Soros drone swarms, no more sanctuary cities, no more #resisting. The left killed the 10th Amendment and states’ rights, now let them sleep with the corpse. Sessions has the FBI and broad prosecutorial discretion. Trump has the national guard. Antifa just has nose rings.
So get to work, Trump. If it helps, just imagine them being 8,000 miles away. These guys did.