Haley Barbour Kisses the Ring

For those who thought Haley Barbour might be different, he’s not.

He’s headed to Israel to kiss the rin… err… I mean speak with Netanyahu.

The blurb also informs us that Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have already met with Netanyahu. Check.

But I’m sure this is just because Barbour wants to meet a lot of different foreign leaders in preparation for a potential run for President. I’m sure we will soon be hearing about his plans to travel abroad to meet with the leaders of Moldova and Burkina Faso as well, no doubt accompanied by the Republican Moldovan Coalition and the Republican Burkina Faso Coalition respectively. I anxiously await reports of these subsequent trips in Town Hall.

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Filmer is the Conservative Times username for a paleoconservative political activist. For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, Sir. Robert Filmer (1588 - 1653) is a largely forgotten English political theorist who deserves more attention from conservative scholars. He was a (the?) main contemporary opponent to Locke and his social contract theory. Possibly as an artifact of Kirk, modern conservatives have largely stopped tracing conservative thought at Burke. This is unfortunate. A potential outcome of this is that you are just as likely to hear "conservatives" spouting Lockean silliness as you are liberals. Hopefully a revival of conservative interest in Filmer will be awakened by the increased interest in paleoconservatism.

11 thoughts on “Haley Barbour Kisses the Ring

  1. RonL

    OMG. A governor touring foreign allies in volatile regions? Would you preffer he ignore the Muslim Brotherhood regional takeover and promise aid to Haiti like Hillary? I’d like to see him visit Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and India too. Barbour likely wants to go somewhere warm now and wants to take the wind out of the Hucksters tour.

    But your apprehension of the power dynamic is laughably wrong. The US has overthrown Likud governments, not the other way around. That’s not my opinion, it’s fact.

    PS. I’m glad that Rand Paul now agrees with my long-standing opposition to all foreign aid.

  2. Kirt Higdon

    “The Muslim Brotherhood regional takeover”? Oh my, I’m shaking in my shoes. What region have they taken over, indeed what country?

    But I’m glad to see we’re all on the same page as far as no foreign aid is concerned. Now add to that no foreign wars, no foreign bases, no foreign troop deployments, and no foreign arms sales.

  3. Filmer Post author

    Obviously I was being silly here to illustrate a point. There is nothing wrong per se with a potential Presidential candidate meeting with a foreign leader. And in the real world it is much more likely that one of those leaders will be Netanyahu rather than the leader of Moldova. The problem with this, is the same as the problem we pointed out with Rand Paul’s carefully worded statement re. Israel during the campaign. It doesn’t avoid the appearance of pandering.

  4. RedPhillips

    Neocon opinion seems to be divided on the events in Egypt. The democracy cheerleaders think it is a good thing but others worry about the unknown of losing a stable ally in Egypt.

    I take it that Ron is skeptical about the nature of the protests. (And by that I don’t mean to include Ron as a neocon.)

    At least, it seems to me a risky proposition. Islamists could easily win in a newly democratized Egypt.

  5. Weaver

    Buchanan:

    But the army does have an immense stake in who rules, and that stake would not be well served by one-man, one-vote democracy.

    Like the Turkish army, the Egyptian army sees itself as guardian of the nation. From the Egyptian military have come all four of the leaders who have ruled since the 1952 colonel’s revolt that ousted King Farouk: Gens. Naguib, Sadat and Mubarak, and Col. Nasser

    The military has also been for 30 years the recipient of $1.2 billion dollars a year from the United States. Its weapons come from America. Moreover, the army has a vital interest in the “cold peace” with Israel that has kept it out of war since 1973, produced the return of Sinai, and maintained Egypt’s role as the leader of the moderate Arabs and major ally of the United States.

    PCR:

    These uprisings might succeed in ousting puppet rulers, but will the result be anything more than the exchange of a new American puppet ruler for the old? Mubarak might go, but whoever takes his place is likely to find himself wearing the same American harness.

    What dictators do is to eliminate alternative leadership. Potential leaders are either assassinated, exiled, or imprisoned. Moreover, anything short of a full-fledged revolution, such as the Iranian one, leaves in place a bureaucracy accustomed to business as usual. In addition, Egypt and the country’s military have grown accustomed to American support and will want the money to keep flowing. It is the flow of this money that ensures the purchase of the replacement government.

    Because the US dollar is the world reserve currency, the US government has financial dominance and the ability to financially isolate other countries, such as Iran. To break free of America’s grip, one of two things would have to happen. Revolution would have to sweep the Arab world and result in an economic unity that could foster indigenous economic development, or the US dollar has to fail as world currency.

  6. RonL

    The Muslim Brotherhood has been trying to assassinate Egyptian rulers since the 1950′s, back when they were Soviet-allied. This isn’t about America, it is about re-establishing a Caliphate.

  7. RonL

    The Muslim Brotherhood tried to take over Egypt when it was a Britih protectorate and then a Soviet ally. The US is quite irrelevent to this. It does provide a talking point and rallying point, but the goal was set in 1928.

  8. Dave the Sage

    Not sure what the problem is. Many conservatives believe we should have a strong and active relationship with the state of Israel. As a conservative and a Christian I am pro-Israel all the way.

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