Originally published August 21, 2013.
America needs to mind its own business. What goes on in the Middle East does not concern our national security today, nor will it tomorrow. With a Sunni Saudi Arabia and a Shia Iran, America has a natural buffer zone in the Middle East. And with America’s newly found near-energy independence, we can let Saudi Arabia find its own way in terms of national defense. As for Iran, there is new and invigorated leadership willing to embrace ties with the west. Contrary to the neocon blather fostered by the likes of the Weekly Standard, American Enterprise Institute and John McCain, there is reason to hope that a new era can open up with Iran.
Pat Buchanan writes, “Millions of Muslims are willing to fight to drive us out of their part of their world. How many Americans are willing to send our sons to die for secular democracy and American values in their part of the world.” The answer should be zero. And by the way, America is a federal republic, not a democracy. The Founders wanted no part of a democracy. Where does the word democracy appear in our constitution?