Thanks to Stephen Walt for taking time to itemize truisms of international relations that should have been done away with a long time ago because they have been proven to be patently false, useless, and even dangerous–with the UN featured prominently on no. 2 (but we could add many more):
Some of these absurdities persist because they’ve been around a long time, or because powerful interests defend them vigorously, or because they align with broader social prejudices. Some of them may in fact be defensible, but we should still bring such oddities out into the open air on occasion and ask ourselves if they really make sense.
Hence this column. As part of my self-appointed effort to ventilate the stale discourse of contemporary foreign policy, I offer up my list of Top 10 Truly Absurd Features of Contemporary Foreign Affairs. To make it a challenge, I’m excluding any mention of John McCain.