Saturday, July 02, 2016

The Nuanced Man's Burden

I know Democrats think building democracy is too hard in Arab societies that "aren't ready" for voting and rule of law, but I didn't know that our government felt the same way about Britain and their backward people:

Speaking one day after talks with Prime Minister David Cameron, Kerry said the outgoing British leader feels "powerless" to negotiate a departure he does not want. ...

Kerry, who visited Downing Street on Monday, said Cameron was loath to invoke "Article 50" of the Lisbon treaty, which would trigger a two-year timetable for departure. ...

Asked by the panel moderator if this meant the Brexit decision could be "walked back" and if so how, Kerry said: "I think there are a number of ways."

"I don't as secretary of state want to throw them out today. I think that would be a mistake. But there are a number of ways," he said.

To be fair, the Democratic party has shifted to believe that autocrats we can do business with should be left in charge of countries to suppress the bloody wogs to keep them from harming us or disturbing our dinners with unpleasant news.

So this is hardly a revolution in thinking for our White House or the worst secretary of state in modern history, bar none.