A Radical Centrist

A number of weeks back, in mid-February in fact, I caught a person named Mark Perry on C-Span II talking about his new book, Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace. This takes you back to World War II and the efforts to stop Hitler. It seems that Perry thinks highly of both Marshall, a great leader, and Eisenhower, who later became President, and perhaps is best remembered for his warning us about the Military-Industrial complex. The warning wasn’t heeded of course.

But what I’m leading up to is in Perry’s talk, which can be found here, he does not have very much nice to say about war. In fact, at one point he admits that he would now pull all our troops home from overseas spots around the world, and greatly reduce the size of the Military-Industrial complex which, as he says, is way too bloated.

So, here’s basically a conventional military historian saying we should emulate the Ron Pauls, Denis Kucinichs, and Mike Gravels of the world in terms of foreign policy. Pretty radical for an apparent centrist. Of course, this is all in a dream world and won’t happen — I mean the bringing back of our troops from around the world and the slashing of the size of the Pentagon.

Over and out.

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  1. Danielle Vyas’s avatar

    Woo Hoo a radical! The name sounds familiar I have to look it up.

    It is sad however that those of us that believe that all resources should be expended wisely from the benefit of today AND tomorrow must bear the badge of radical.

    In light and love


  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, Danielle, it is sad that good people are tainted as radical, but why should that be a bad word? The word “liberal”, too, has come to have a derisive meaning in America, thanks to the right wing, but Eric Alterman’s new book, Why We’re Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America is a big step forward in the effort to set the record straight. Maybe a similar book could be written for the word “radical”?

    Also, in my list, i.e., Paul, Kucinich, Gravel, I should have added Ralph Nader because I’m sure he’d like to pull all the troops back from foreign lands and cut back the Military-Industrial complex, if not remove it altogether. But alas, there’s not much chance that any of these people will get into power soon. However, it’s true that they can help sway public opinion. But there’s a loooong way to go, probably not in my lifetime…

  3. Dragonstar’s avatar

    So many people feel the same way – and I’m not talking only of the US now – but the pessimist in me can’t believe in change in the foreseeable future. One day, maybe.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, and let’s just hope the change isn’t forced upon us too quickly….. but maybe that’s the only way.

  5. Phyllis V’s avatar

    That is very provocative thinking. I agree with Danielle, that those who are truly concerned are deemed radicals.

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks for your comment, Phyllis V. Yes, it is a sad state of affairs that the truly concerned are deemed radicals. Jesus was a good example.


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