Jonah Goldberg in this week's G-File:
A friend of mine told me about a guy he knows from Taiwan. This Taiwanese guy -- a serious academic and intellectual -- was the only one of his peers to be entirely supportive of the Iraq war. Why? Because the whole thing was so bat-guano crazy that it sent the signal to the Chinese that America was still enough of a gun-slinging badass of a country to send its military halfway around the world just to prove a point. Or something. And being from Taiwan, this guy thought this was a message the Red Chinese needed to hear.
I don't think this is a fantastic justification for what's going on in Libya, but . . . you can be sure a lot of bad actors around the world are scratching their heads about what crazy America might do next. That is not altogether a bad thing.
Although why the White House is doing everything it can to reassure the Assads in Syria and others in the region that they're perfectly safe is beyond me. Leaving 'em guessing what America might do next has its advantages.
"The genius of you Americans," former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser allegedly once said, "is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing."