Commissioned Us to Remake the World?
by Patrick J. Buchanan: Mitt
vs. Newt: The Gloves Come Off
Michael McFaul, Obama's man in Moscow, who just took up his post,
has received a rude reception. And understandably so.
In 1992, McFaul
was the representative in Russia of the National Democratic Institute,
a U.S. government-funded agency whose mission is to promote democracy
The NDI has
been tied to color-coded or Orange revolutions such as those that
dethroned regimes in Serbia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Lebanon.
The project miscarried in Belarus.
The NDI is
one of several agencies, dating to the 1980s, that were set up to
subvert communist regimes. With the end of the Cold War, however,
these agencies were not decommissioned, but recommissioned to serve
as something of an American Comintern.
Where the old
Comintern of Lenin sought to instigate communist revolutions across
the West and its empires, post-Cold War America decided to promote
democratic revolutions to remake the world in the image of late
20th century America.
In 2002, McFaul
wrote a book: Russia's
men are not unreasonably asking if he was sent to Moscow to finish
that revolution. Putin has already accused Hillary Clinton of flashing
the signal for street demonstrations to begin – to protest Russia's
Nor is it surprising
the Putin's people are suspicious of McFaul, who added to his problems
by meeting with anti-Putin dissidents the day after he presented
this is part of his "dual-track engagement" with Russian society.
Before leaving for Moscow, he told NPR's "Morning Edition": "We're
not going to get into the business of dictating (Russia's) path
(to democracy). ... We're just going to support what we like to
call 'universal values' – not American values, not Western values,
But what, exactly,
are these "universal values"?
And who are
we to impose them on other nations? Did Divine Providence assign
us this mission? Who do we Americans think we are?
we do not even agree ourselves on what is moral and immoral, good
and evil. Indeed, our own deep disagreements on what is moral and
what is not are at the root of the culture wars tearing this country
women have a constitutional right to an abortion. Scores of millions
have availed themselves of that right since Roe v. Wade. Yet traditionalists
of many faiths – Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Orthodox and Jewish
– reject any such woman's right and regard it as a moral abomination.
have a right to cohabit, form civil unions and marry?
In a few American
states, yes; in others, no. But try to impose those values on nations
of the Muslim and Third Worlds, where homosexuality is a moral outrage
and even a capital offense, and our ambassadors will find themselves
in physical peril.
believe democracy is a universally superior system of government?
Yet our own founding fathers detested one-man, one-vote democracy.
Democracy does not even get a mention in the Constitution, the Bill
of Rights or the Federalist
of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, believed society
should be ruled by a "natural aristocracy" of "virtue and talent."
If the promotion
of democracy is a mission of our diplomats, are we to subvert the
monarchies of Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia?
When we see
how democracy empowered the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis in Egypt,
Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, does it even make sense
to insist that it be embraced by nations where the populations are
What is the
universally right stand on capital punishment – the Rick Perry position
in Texas or the Andrew Cuomo position in New York?
In the United
States, all religions – Santeria, Wicca, Islam, Christianity – are
to be treated equally and all kept out of the public square and
the pubic schools. In a Muslim world that contains a fifth of mankind,
Islam is the one true faith. Rival faiths have few or no rights.
Are we going
to push the Islamic world to treat all religions equally?
religious, racial and ethnic diversity. The Chinese, who persecute
Uighurs, Tibetans, Christians and Falun Gong, detest that diversity
and fear it will tear their country apart.
believe in freedom of speech and the press.
Yet, in France,
if you deny the Turks committed genocide against the Armenians in
1915, you are guilty of a crime, while in Turkey if you affirm that
the Turks committed genocide, you have committed a crime. Should
U.S. diplomats battle for repeal of both laws? Or mind our own business?
wishes to lead the world, let us do it by example, as we once did,
not by hectoring every nation on earth to adopt the American way,
which as of now, does not seem to be working all that well for Americans.
stick to his diplomatic duties.
it right, "We wish not to meddle with the internal affairs of any
J. Buchanan [send
him mail] is co-founder and editor of The
American Conservative. He is also the author of seven books,
the Right Went Wrong, and Churchill,
Hitler, and the Unnecessary War. His latest book is Suicide
of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? See his
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