Mark Levin has resumed our ongoing argument.
It has nothing to do with Vladimir Putin or Ukraine. There is no such thing as a “Putin wing” of the GOP. We’ve been having the same argument with Mark Levin for years now.
Back in the day, we clashed with Mark Levin when we supported Ron Paul and opposed getting more deeply involved in the proxy war in Syria. Last summer, he was crying over the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan. He has said invading Iran would be a cakewalk. He still believes that Saddam Hussein actually had the WMD. He was all for going into Libya with Hillary Clinton to take out Gaddafi. The common thread is that Mark Levin has always supported wars in Eurasia.
Mark Levin is a Reaganite. We’re Jeffersonians.
Mark Levin is an imperialist. We’re anti-imperialists.
Mark Levin is a globalist. We’re nationalists.
Mark Levin is a jingo. We recoil from jingoism.
Mark Levin is a neocon. We’re more influenced by paleocons and libertarians.
Mark Levin is a conservative liberal. We’re populists and nationalists.
Ukraine is only the latest flashpoint that illustrates this philosophical divide over foreign policy.
If we had it our way, we would have withdrawn from NATO a long time ago. We would have never meddled in Ukraine. We would have never invaded Iraq. We would have never fought a proxy war in Syria. We would have never toppled Gaddafi in Libya. We wouldn’t have assassinated General Soleimani like some kind of gangster in the Sopranos. We would have never occupied Afghanistan for 20 years.
If we had it our way, we would reject militarism and imperialism. We would radically cut the Pentagon’s budget and close all of its military bases outside of North America. We would end things like CENTCOM and AFRICOM. We would kill off the military-industrial complex which is a corrupt scheme for washing out wealth from the American taxpayer and redistributing it to the Beltway. We would abolish the “intelligence community” and gut the Deep State and restore democratic control and accountability over our foreign policy which is currently controlled by unelected bureaucrats like our monetary policy.
We’re tired of getting sucked into these endless wars in Eurasia to vanquish a revolving cast of “evil dictators.” We’re tired of being told by chickenhawks like Mark Levin that we have to fight for “democracy” in places like Donbas and Fallujah. We’re tired of seeing our money squandered on these crusades and our interests neglected and actively harmed due to the massive spike in inflation and gas prices.
Yes, it is true that Vladimir Putin thinks Ukraine is a fake country. It is true that Putin sees himself as the defender of the Russian World. It is true that Russia has set up these frozen conflicts all over the region to forestall NATO expansion. It is true that Russia is a autocratic multicultural empire. We can grant all that and look at it and see the same Russia that has always existed and thus fail to see why it is our problem. The entire history of Ukraine has been being dominated by one regional empire or another and it was part of the Russian Empire for 200 years of American history until the 1990s.
The real question is why Ukraine and specifically Donbas is now worth fighting for to Americans. No one cared about Ukraine three months ago. The war has been going on there for eight years with zero coverage. It is easy to see why Russia is involved in the war, but why is this war our problem? Why are people like Mark Levin so incapable of minding their own business? Why can’t Russia and Ukraine sort this out? Why can’t we choose not to get involved in this like the rest of the Western hemisphere?
Why is Mark Levin so convinced that Putin is evil? What is the moral argument against Putin? What has Putin done that makes him so uniquely evil? Mark Levin supports assassinating foreign leaders and generals like gangsters. Look at what happened to Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi. Mark Levin supports attacking foreign countries which haven’t attacked us like Iraq, Libya and Syria. Mark Levin supports occupying the territory of sovereign countries. Mark Levin supports wars which have killed at least 500x more people than the war in Ukraine. Mark Levin supports crushing all sorts of nations with sanctions. Mark Levin supports leveling cities and killing civilians. Mark Levin is an imperialist who seeks world domination, not merely regional domination. Mark Levin also has imperial designs on Ukraine.
The difference between Mark Levin and Vladimir Putin is this … Mark Levin wants to do this in our name and with our money at our expense and wants to endanger our own people.