Via Gregory Djerjian at The Belgravia Dispatch, I see that David Frum is still kicking, if not precisely alive. This is deep, reptile-brain stuff, heart-beats and legs kicking, mouth producing autonomous bullshit even as the higher functions go gray in the CAT scan.
Djerjian hits the high points, by which I mean the low points (a nuclear Japan as a deterrent to a nuke-seaking Iran!). He also tell an unintentional truth:
Countries like North Korea and Iran seek nuclear weapons because they imagine that those weapons will enhance their security and power.Also, people put locks on their doors in order to lock them. The entropy of an isolated system not at equilibrium will tend to increase over time, approaching a maximum value. That which does not kill you makes you stronger. Live long and prosper. Veni, vedi, vici.
The word to note in that sentence of Frum's peroration is "imagine." Remove it and its attendants and you arrive at:
Countries like North Korea and Iran seek nuclear weapons because those weapons will enhance their security and power.And that's clearly true. What's more, Frum never makes the case, because he can't, that these so-called rogue states have any extraterritorial ambitions, though he, like the rest of the American establishment, insists on labelling them "aggressive," in a manner more or less reminiscent of his party's insistence on labelling Terri Schiavo "alive." It's fairly clear that they do not, in fact, harbor such ambitions, or if they do, they recognize the logistical, financial, and military impediments thereto. We should certainly take the pronouncements of the Iranian president with the requisite handful of salt, but it is true, as he's claimed, that it's been a very long time since a Persian has initiated a war of conquest or otherwise. It's likely also true, as he's claimed, that if Iran really wanted to make trouble in Iraq, they'd really be making trouble in Iraq. Meanwhile, who, precisely, is North Korea aggressing against, other than itself? One can hardly accuse a bulimic of assault and battery for the act of self-emaciation. There is, at present, only one nation on earth proposing that its now-manifested destiny must be infinitely reapplied by every other people in the world, and that nation is ours. Accusing the nation you're about to invade of provocation even as you put your own tanks on their borders is nothing new, of course, but let us at least choose a better Goebbels than the milquetoast David Frum, whose best polemical effort so far--the Axis of Evil bit--merely plagiarised the title of a past enemy alliance and sexed it up with off-assonated alliteration of the sort that works if you are Emily Dickinson but if not, not.
To be fair, you must admire the blowsy off-handedness with which Frum advocates a policy of deliberately provoking a crisis of millions of Korean refugees flooding into China. Perhaps we ought to aid them in their timetables. Run the trains. The "transport" if you will. I'm sure there is a solution. Final or no.