Thursday, November 01, 2007

The folly of nation building

I was just reading a quote by this guy who used to be governor of Texas about a decade ago. I don't know who this guy is but he seems pretty sharp. Here he is quoted about how he didn't support nation building in Somalia but supported the original mission to remove their dictator. He didn't like how the mission changed from removing a dictator to something ridiculous like nation building. Where is this guy now when we need him?

Somalia Started off as a humanitarian mission and then changed into a nation-building mission, and that's where the mission went wrong. The mission was changed and, as a result, our nation paid a price. And so I don't think our troops ought to be used for what's called nation-building. I think our troops ought to be used to fight and win war. I think our troops ought to be used to help overthrow a dictator that's in our -- when it's in our best interests. But in this case, it was a nation-building exercise. And the same with Haiti, I wouldn't have supported, either.

2 comments:

robert the grump said...

I know a little about this guy. Back in 2004, when he was up for re-election to his current job, I was in the Dallas area on business.

I made it a point to ask everyone I talked to if they planned to vote for their ex-governor.

I talked to about a dozen people. They all said they would not vote for him because he was very bad at his current job. I couldn't find a single person in Texas who would admit to voting for him.

But all said the same thing; "We liked him when he was Governor."

That makes complete sense given what you've quoted today.

Ronald said...

I wish this guy was our president now...maybe we wouldn't be in this mess. If only our country had the wisdom to elect someone with enough common sense to understand how useless nation building is and how it hurts our country.

This is a good post. Very thick with irony.