The Scaredy-Hawks

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

The Wall Street Journal editors must be trying their hand at comedy: ‘Reports that two Iranian frigates may be steaming into the Atlantic toward Venezuela ought to concentrate minds in the Biden Administration. So much for Iranian goodwill amid President Biden’s determination to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal.’ … One thing to learn from these hawkish panics over nothing is that hawks’ constant threat inflation has them chasing after shadows and jumping at the slightest sound. To justify their irrational fear of much weaker states, they are compelled to concoct ludicrous scenarios. For example, the editorial imagines that U.S. and Iranian ships might clash over Guyanese boundaries. The same people that saw nothing wrong with the Trump administration’s belligerent, aggressive Iran policy for the last four years are suddenly worried about a ‘risk of confrontation.'” (06/02/21)