House Democrats led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would create a federal Department of Peacebuilding, which would be tasked with everything from finding ways to scale back U.S. military actions to ending bullying at schools.
Under her bill, H.R. 808, the new department would be led by a Cabinet-level Secretary of Peacebuilding, who would have a seat on the National Security Council. The department would be "dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace."
What, pray tell, is a "culture of peace?" This is still a dangerous world, and a "culture of strength" is what we need to make sure we have peace. But we're not likely to get strength from this bunch. Chuck Hagel has shown an astonishing inability to grasp the basics of foregn policy. But, hey, don't fret. After all, he has the "right to be stupid." John Kerry says so. If this all weren't so dangerous, we could laught at it as progressivism's descent into give-peace-a-chance self-parody.