I went out to dinner a few weeks back with: my boss, P; his friend, F, a Pakistani fund manager; and F’s wife, J, an attorney, to F’s favorite restaurant: Madangsui in K-town. While F fussed over my dietary quirks [steakatarian = pescetarian but with steak in lieu of pesce] and I tried to placate him by ordering kimchi and tofu soup, drinks and tiny dishes began to materialize on our table. We all sampled the 20% ABV sake and passed around the banchan while inquiring about the kids, relating Hurricane Sandy stories [F, J and kids live in Short Hills, an upscale NJ suburban town, and had lost power for a week]. After a few rounds of sake and assorted kimchi, we were teased with the arrival of lettuce wraps, scallions and chili paste, whose vehicles still grilled in the pit between us.
This post raised a question I have thought about myself: how do non-interventionists/isolationists propose to institute such policy? The United States is, at least currently, in the unenviable position of being the world’s sole financial and military superpower. The rest of the world looks to the US to lead while simultaneously awaiting overreach so it can be seen as a bully and a meddler. Should it never intervene in any situation? Continue reading On US foreign policy
Being a minority is not something I think much about anymore. Yay, assimilation.