For Want of a Strongman
Kimberly Guilfoyle: "Can I just make a special request in the magic lamp? Can we get like Netanyahu, or like Putin in for 48 hours, you know, head of the United States?" (video at both links).
Yes, this is a silly remark made by someone who is trying to fill time on a silly commentary show where there really is no need to deal with reality nor where there are really any consequences for what is said. This is, quite frankly, infotainment at its worst.
Still, it does reflect a disturbing impulse that comes up again and again in our political discourse: the notion that enough strength and resolve can solve political problems, especially ones of political violence. I suppose that pointing out that strength and resolve have not solved all of Russia’s problems (let alone the Arab-Israeli conflict) is just me being a pedantic ivory tower dweller.
(Not to mention that unless Guilfoyle is suggesting an all-out nuclear assault on ISIS, then I am unclear on how 48 hours is going enough time to solve the problem, strongman or no).
Yes, I know it is all nonsense. It is just more than a little disturbing that such nonsense is presented to the public as legitimate commentary. One might as well be asking 15 year-olds who play Call of Duty for national security advice.