John Lennon’s “Imagine” is a seductive ballad that asks us to dream of a world at peace, a place where there’s “nothing to kill or die for.” Nice sentiment if you live in San Francisco and still have flowers in your hair, but it makes for a terrible foreign policy. Someone needs to tell that to the Democrats running for president.
The Democrats couldn’t wait 10 minutes before unloading on President Trump, condemning him for needless provocation, for taking the United States to “the brink of war,” because he ordered the drone strike that took out Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani.
Pinning blame for the heightened tensions in the Middle East on President Trump makes for irresistible presidential year politics. He’s a warmonger, they’re saying in one form or another; we’re the rational, peaceful ones. What you won’t hear them say, not in so many words, is that they’re the ones pandering to a pacifist, progressive base — because that’s where the heart and soul of the new Democratic Party seems to be.
We’ve seen how far left the Democrats have gone on domestic policies, but now we’re seeing how progressive they’ve become on foreign policy, too. They make Barack Obama look like a war hawk by comparison; he launched more than 500 drone attacks on America’s enemies, after all.