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Sunday, May 24, 2009

WHAT MOTIVATES US MILITARY INTERVENTIONS ABROAD? AN EXCHANGE WITH SOME LEFT-WING ZEALOTS

Today's Buggy Topic

As usual, it's found in three lengthy buggy commentaries left in a thread at Economist's View, the estimable web-site run by Professor Mark Thoma, a macroeconomist at the University of Oregon.  The thread started with a post left by Professor Thoma that linked, essentially without comment, to some misleading  claims about the nature of terrorism and its causes around the world by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, formerly at Harvard and now at Columbia. 

Those claims --- which reflect, alas, ignorance on his part --- also included some misleading references to US military interventions abroad, delivered in an ex cathedra manner that further reflected ignorance.  No matter.  The Sachs-pronunciamentos predictable fodder for most of prof bug's fellow posters at Economist's View  . . . mental nourishment for a torrent of utterly predictable amd reflexive hokum of politically correct nostrums. strewn about additionally mishmash of bits and pieces of Marxism, dependency theory (itself always at odds with Marxist views of under-development), and socialist longings.  Well, not Professor Thoma's fault.  His own posts are almost always thoughtful, illuminating, and informed; they also show a proper scholarly concern for the complexities of the subjects he tackles. 

Prof Bug's Own Contributions

The trio is found here.  Please note that he has promised a fourth one, at any rate when he finds some time.