If you're conservative, you've got to keep people scared of something. Conservative Gordon Howie is trying to bring back the Red Scare, but in logic that can only come from the far right wing, the real bogeyman is not Vladimir Putin; it's Barack Obama.
Howie yields the blog floor to our friend Sam Kephart, who contends that FDR provoked the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by waging economic warfare on Japan. (Wait a minute: if Kephart can say America brought Pearl Harbor on itself with bad foreign policy from a Democratic President, am I allowed to say we brought the al-Qaeda attacks on ourselves with military adventurism by Republican Presidents?) Kephart then says President Obama is doing the same thing to Russia:
Just like Roosevelt goaded Japan into making the Pearl Harbor Attack, Obama and the Neo Cons are now goading (squeezing) Putin into war mode with a similar pre-war ramp-up in the current Ukraine situation and the oil price manipulation going on.
A pitiful and disgusting litany of historic perpetrations on Americans and citizens elsewhere [Sam Kephart, "The Real Reasons for the Pearl Harbor Attack," The Right Side, 2014.12.08].
And when Obama gets Russia or the jihadis or some other bogeyman to attack America, we'll be justified in using any and all means to secure the homeland, right? Gordon Howie's opaque natterer Brad Ford wanders into the Pearl Harbor discussion and pustulates a vile, racist Dr. Seuss cartoon and a justification of our World War II internment camps:
The Dr. Seuss cartoon perhaps reveals some of the panic that Americans felt when it was thought that an invasion was imminent. Internment camps upset lives and caused inconvenience, but the protection of Japanese-Americans was also a motive. Peacetime Americans today may disapprove in retrospect, but countries facing homeland attacks won’t think twice about such ethnic profiling [Brad Ford, "General Recalls US West Coast Confusion after Pearl Harbor Attack," The Right Side, 2014.12.09].
It's no wonder Brad Ford hides in the shadows; I wouldn't want to be publicly associated with such words, either. The internment camps were for Japanese citizens' own good—that's an unconscionable rationalization. Such fear and racism lead us to make immoral, counterproductive decisions, like torturing prisoners in the name of national security. America should be better than that.
But I guess in Gordon Howie's world, Vladimir Putin and jihadis are about to attack, and it's Barack Obama's fault! Be vigilant, and get ready to round up your Russian and Arab neighbors!