A Nation Should Not Go to War if It Has Serious and Widespread Domestic Issues


Kota villa, who passed away unexpectedly, this last summer. He famously used to write and he had a great book called the ruling class. You guys hear that expression. We use it a lot. He came up with it. He was probably one of the clearest foreign policy thinkers in the last 50 years. And he had a belief that a nation should not go to war if you have widespread and serious domestic issues. Let's see. Do we have widespread and serious domestic issues? We can't agree on whether or not a 5 year old should be vaccinated. You think we can agree on whether or not we should send troops to go regulate the eastern border of Ukraine? And you might say Charlie, that's a red herring. Those two things have nothing to do with each other. They actually do. Because if you think we can agree on very simple domestic governance issues, how are we going to agree on troop allocation? And by the way, is national morale high or is it low? These are very simple questions that leaders should be asking. So let's pretend that my whole argument that America has no role right now and actually regulating the eastern board. Let's say that doesn't win over most Americans, which I think it does. But let's pretend that the people in D.C. are convinced that it's their role to go play border cop. Not of the American southern border who cares about the Arizona texture New Mexico border, California border. No about the Ukrainian border, because they're big in the sovereignty, right? Well, then, how about this argument? The argument is that the morale of the country is so low right now, doing big things, 5000 miles away against countries that know how to fight is a really bad idea.

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