When I was young, I was watching what happened in Kosovo on the news. Major metropolitan area with snipers on the roofs, people getting killed in the street. Then came the Gulf War, followed by Gulf War II. A conflict that lasted longer and has been more expensive than WWII. Each has a unique horror, both in terms of what happened and what has been done to prolong each conflict.
Peace has seemed so fleeting, and the solutions politicians have put in place seem to continue wars for reasons I can’t fathom.
At some level, we all remember these events even if we can’t recall the specifics. They were the defining conflicts for my generation and leave me with questions for the purpose of foreign policy; definitely different from the wingtips and briefcase diplomacy certain neo-liberals like to project.
President Trump received Kosovo’s highest award last week for bringing peace to the region. The week before that, Jared Kushner took the first direct flight from the United Arab Emirates to Israel and was not shot down by a surface-to-air missile. These are things worth celebrating; it’s deeply concerning that the media is not trumpeting these victories over chaos.
Both events are a triumph for civilization and result from an administration that’s not tied to a set of perverse incentives. If anything, they are the result of outsider politics and the Constitution working as designed for the benefit of all Americans and the world.
In January, we completed a sham impeachment where the President was accused of doing the exact things the Bidens did as detailed in this report. While I’d like to be optimistic, the odds of this report penetrating the public conscience are statistically irrelevant.
There’s a system in place, and it protects itself by saying reports like this are discredited conspiracy theories constructed by racist, sexist white nationalists who need to be thrown in jail.
Big tech companies will suppress it; the number of media mentions as of 6:00am were about 70 [Editor’s note: this piece was written on September 23, 2020]. By comparison, LeBron James and Michael Bloomberg had over 2,700 mentions for paying fines for Florida felons so they could vote.
Something is rotten in Denmark. We’re all watching the Queen marry the new King.