Thursday, September 17, 2015
Carli Fiorina and Ten Men: the odysseys and saga in the Second Republican Party Primary debate for 2016
Keywords or Terms: CNN; FOX News; Carli Fiorina, Donald Trump; Rand Paul; Ben Carson; Hoots; Applause; “Look at that face”; Profile; Brigades; Marines; Naval Ships; Vaccines; Victoria Era; neo-Reaganisque; Slavic-Orthodox Russia Civilization; Confucian China Civilization; Shinto Japan Civilization; Islamic Middle East Civilization; Eastern India Hindus Civilization; Latin America Civilization; African Civilization; Russia; Iran; North Korea; and Syria
If you are a Republican female, you probably was very proud of former Hewlett Packard CEO Carli Fiorina’s response to the captioned CNN host question regarding Donald Trump’s castigation of the face of this singular female aspirant of 2016 Republican primary race. In case you missed it, here are CEO Carli Fiorina’s response: “Women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” The hoots and applause that followed from the audience probably told the front-runner that he is on his own on this one! How about her crisped and well thought out comment: “Women are the majority of this nation. We are half the potential of this nation. And this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses.”
Last week, Donald Trump had said: “Look at that face!” … “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” Her response to Donald Trump was more than: “my face is not ugly, Donald Trump”, offered to Megyn Kelly of FOX News few days earlier. Her comments yesterday probably catapulted her to a new level of consciousness among Republican voters and America, by extension. Not only was the response truly an embodiment of class, it raised her profile beyond what Senator Rand Paul would categorize as junior high pranks between classmates or equals. Yes, Donald Trump may be driving the agenda on economy, social issues, ending the fourteenth amendment, ISIS, and illegal immigration; however, on the podium yesterday, Carli handed Donald what many Progressive Republican females responded with: “Go Girl! Go Carli!! Let the rich kid run back to his castle with his tail between his legs!!!”
On a more serious note, if Real Estate Developer Donald Trump suffered any setback in polls after the second debate, it would not have been for reason of his subsequent complement of Carli Fiorina or Carli’s insistent criticism of Donald’s business dealings; but, his inability to be specific regarding policy issues that he has been proposing. While CEO Fiorina slated that she is prepared to lead the resurgence of a great nation, what is considered probably the best Conservative Republican red meat on defense were clearly crystallized in her comments: “We need 50 Army Brigades, 36 Marine battalions, 300 to 350 naval ships… We need to rebuild missile defense, revive the sixth fleet, provide intelligence to Egypt, give weapons to Jordan and arm the Kurds… We need to reform the department of Defense, and take care of our veterans so 307,000 of them aren’t dying waiting for health care!”
Few in America’s health care system and delivery would have been happy with the front runner’s assertion of a connection between vaccines and autism. Trump’s emotional story regarding one of his employees, while very sensitive, hardly justifies a reversion to a Victorian era, where vaccines were unavailable and people died unnecessarily of minor ailments or diseases. To vigorously assert a connection of vaccines with autism hardly represent the position of the health care community as you can see in Neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s contribution to the debate: “We have extremely documented proof that there's no autism associated with vaccination, but it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time… I think a lot of pediatricians now recognize that and are cutting down on the number and the proximity in which those are done.” Yet, Donald Trump’s comments on vaccines has clearly turned out to be what another physician and politician on the stage, Dr. Rand Paul denounced and retorted with: “One of the greatest medical discoveries of all time were vaccines.” Unfortunately, the politician in Rand Paul subsumed his ophthalmologist’s credential as he added: “I’m for vaccines, even if science doesn’t say bunching them up is a problem; I ought to be able to spread my vaccines a little bit at the very least!” Disappointment with the association of vaccines with autism notwithstanding, what we probably learned from the front runner, is the need for a reflection on the use of vaccines, a position well deserving of attention.
The narrative of Donald Trump being the 2016 Republican Party front-runner may probably not be questioned by now; however, Carli Fiorina’s newly found co-star aspirant is sharply contrasted with her admittedly closed-mouth approach to Russia. She would not talk to Russia; but hopes to use US forces to conduct aggressive Baltic State’s military exercises and send US troops to Germany. From here on, the beauty of her presence on the stage begins to fade. Like many “neo-Reaganisque”, Ms. Fiorina appears to have bought into the clash of civilization doctrine that sent America to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan under the 43rd president of the United States. The idea that there is a conflict or clash of civilization between Christian western nation(s) and: 1) Slavic-Orthodox Russia; 2) Confucian China; 3) Shinto Japan; 4) Islamic Middle East; 5) Eastern India Hindus; 6) Latin America; and 7) African civilization, which has driven foreign policies in the past century in America, continues to be a factor that many Republicans cannot wrap their fingers around. Former HP CEO Fiorina and probably a long shot President of the United States, will not talk with Vlad in Putin, but will create an atmosphere of hostilities that will lead America possibly to another war. A position greeted with Senator Rand Paul’s direct comments yesterday: “What would have happened if Reagan had taken Fiorina’s stance with Mikhail Gorbachev during the Cold War?” On a possible Iraq or Iran war under “President” Fiorina, he added “If you want boots on the ground, and you want them to be our sons and daughters, you got fourteen other choices. There will always be a Bush or Clinton for you, if you want to go back to war in Iraq”.
A broader lesson can be taught watching the deliberation of hawkish Republicans at the second Republican Party Primary debate; one of them is this: It is apparent that civilizations are differentiated, by history, culture, tradition, language and religion. This differentiation are found in each civilization’s relationship with God and man, including their relative interpretations of the rights and responsibilities of citizens, nations, equality between sexes and hierarchy between leadership and the led. These fundamental congruities, have made to some extent, interpretation of intentions of nations difficult for many American Administrations, especially the Republicans. The difficult foreign policy agenda of resorting to war or violent conflict has made some other civilizations interpret America’s voyeurism as colonialist and or hegemonic. As long as the nation’s administration opt for war to resolve differences, there is always going to be a price to pay, some of which are going to be very unbearable and probably disastrous, depending on whom you are talking with.
Many Republicans have a fancy for muscular foreign policy and would not hesitate to use US influence and military powers across the globe to impact changes. However, the question has always been at what cost? President George W. Bush fought two unfunded wars and delved into Social Security trust funds, just like some other Presidents before him, to fight these clashes of civilization wars that are virtually unwinnable. Some 2016 Republican aspirants believe religious wars are winnable; a fact any historian or experienced statesman would tell you, is an illusion. If Republicans are in doubt ask the State of Ireland and Israel. It is somewhat possible to take out a head of State like Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi and probably other Middle-Eastern leaders with Islamic Civilization affiliation; however, you cannot take out all the people, all the nations, their history, culture, language, tradition and religion; that is why, going after the Islamists in Asia minor is hardly going to achieve much. It is also okay to pick up the phone and assure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of US solidarity with Israel and denounce the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyad Ali Khamenei, as Fiorina is proposing to do once she occupies the oval office in the White House. The question for her from seasoned political historians: how far is she going to get?
The failure of peace in Middle-east has very little to do with the use of might and power to resolve differences, the reality is: you cannot bomb folks to extinction as conceived by some naïve Republican politicians. You cannot also ostracize folks of a different religion from Christianity as is being advanced by folks with little experience of multiculturalism. Ask France how it has been able to work many North African Arabs into its population or how Britain has been able to work with Asiatic Arabs in some of its multicultural suburbs. The world is becoming smaller, interaction between peoples of different civilization are increasingly becoming the minute by minute, or millisecond by millisecond, experience with the expansion of the World Wide Web. To the greatest dismay and probably the obvious expectation, there is now more than ever, the intensification of civilization consciousness and differences. Just as Americans react negatively to Japanese investments in the early nineties and Chinese investments in recent years, so also are Palestinians’ rejection of Israel’s occupation of Arab lands and Al-Qaida and ISIS fight for their accepted norms, tradition and religion.
As Americans, we must always tell ourselves the truth, the broader reaches of human history has shown that inter-civilization wars are unwinnable. There had been twenty-one civilizations in human history and metamorphoses of civilization has led us to six today; traces of characteristics of each of the none existent civilizations are found in the surviving six; however, never has it been possible to completely eradicate the tenets of the extinct civilizations. Rather, the history, language, culture, tradition and religion that once made other civilizations continue to manifest themselves in the contemporary world. Just as Fiorina indicated that Women hears Trump clearly, so does the world that is mostly different from us, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Syria, hear her clearly and loudly. If she wins, they all will be prepared for war and that means a lot: sacrifice of more American lives; huge expenditure of war expenses; and constant fear of travel across the globe for Americans. It is just a vicious circle.