The current issue is not, as the tariff critics would have you believe, that tariffs are anti-free trade. They certainly are.
Consider the ideal of world peace or, more practically, national security. The United States has shown that it is willing to kill other people and to sacrifice the cream of its own youth in order to achieve national security and strive toward the ideal of world peace.
Free trade is similar. The only way to rein in nations who discriminate against US exports is to make them pay a price through imposition of significant tariffs.
I am surprised that a proclaimed Libertarian, Daniel Lacalle, would post such obvious nonsense on his website.
Lacalle did not write the article, rather it was written by JunkScience author Steve Milloy.
For starters, US Meddling in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya. and Afghanistan have had negative consequences towards the ideal "world peace."
One of the biggest reason we do not have peace is the US is constantly waging war everywhere. US drone policy has killed or maimed countless innocent men, women, and children.
The US destabilized Iraq, directly leading to the creation of ISIS, which led to the destruction of Syria. Hillary Clinton got the US meddling in Libya and look at the result.
Think back to the Vietnam War. How much "cream of its own youth in order to achieve national security" did the US lose fighting that absurd war? For what?
We Had to Destroy the Village to Save It
The quote refers to the bombing of the Vietnam village Ben Tre, by AP correspondent Peter Arnett. Often misquoted in a variety of ways, notably: In order to save the village, we had to destroy it. or "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."
From the same link, consider the opinion of boxing champion Muhammad Ali who went to prison rather than fight in Vietnam.
"No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years."
I salute Ali. Had more people been willing to stand up for justice, the war would have ended sooner. Had everyone refused to go, the war would not have been fought in the first place.
Top Orwellian Comments of All Times
- An American major after the destruction of the Vietnamese Village Ben Tre: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it."
- Vice President Joe Biden: “We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt“
- President George W. Bush: “I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.”
- Nancy Pelosi said “We have to pass the health care bill to see what’s in it.”
- Larry Summers “The central irony of financial crisis is that while it is caused by too much confidence, too much borrowing and lending and too much spending, it can only be resolved with more confidence, more borrowing and lending, and more spending.”
President Bush on the Saving the Free Market
We can add another one to the list: "Tariffs are a Tool for Free Trade".
Mike "Mish" Shedlock