The World Is A Mess And There’s Not Much We Can Do About It
The world is always a mess but right now it looks like a particularly bad mess. Ukraine is burning, Venezuela is exploding and North Korea is a 6 plus decade stain on humanity.
Naturally there are people who think the US should be doing something about all of these problems and many others. I think those people are hopelessly naive.
The simple fact is other countries have internal problems and disorders and they really don’t care how it’s bothering us. Sure, they want us to do something but what?
You want trade sanctions on Ukraine for its repressive regime and the likely brutal crackdown that’s about to hit? Ok, tell me howour relatively limited trade relationship with them matters compared to the money and pressure Russia can bring from the other side?
It’s easy to say “we must lead and help the Ukrainians” it’s a bit harder to turn that rhetoric into action.
North Korea is a prison camp run by sadistic guards masquerading as a country. Everyone is horrified by the stories coming from there. That’s a given. Are you horrified enough to restart a war on the peninsula? Are you ready to go toe to toe with a rather frisky China over it? Is a 60 year long tragedy in North Korea suddenly so urgent that we are ready to kick over a hornet’s nest that could wind up stinging Taiwan and Japan?