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A Hijacker Confesses

“I am not happy with the Republican Party today,” Hagel said. “It’s been hijacked by a group of single-minded almost isolationists, insulationists, power-projectors.” ~CBS

Insulationist?  Is that someone who believes strongly in winterising the entire country?  What is an “almost isolationist”?  Does it make any sense to call one of the more activist, interventionist periods in Republican Party history an era of the “almost isolationists”?  Hagel uses it, I suppose, because he considers it an insult to call someone an isolationist, since he is typically just the opposite.  This is the sort of word that a “power-projector” type would throw at those who are more interested in securing this country.  Hagel would know something about the “power projectors,” since he has traditionally been one of them until today.  He had no qualms about projecting power against Yugoslav civilians, nor did he ultimately resist the drive to project power against Iraq.  It seems to me that you have to have a lot of gall to complain about a hijacking in which you were a participant.  This is the hijacker who says, “Well, when I signed on I didn’t realise you were actually going to take over the plane–I only agreed to threaten to take over the plane, so don’t blame me!”

about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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