“Dude, Where’s My Civil War?”: And Other Greatest Hits of Ralph Peters


Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, the former military man and Fox News analyst, caused quite a stir yesterday when he resigned from the network, saying it was “a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” and he was “ashamed of the propaganda machine it’s become.” Naturally, he received favorable and sympathetic coverage from much of the media and was patted on the back in some liberal quarters for his independence and bravery.

Peters’s views on Fox are hard to argue with, but the royal treatment he’s receiving from Trump’s opponents is a bit much since Peters has, with a few exceptions, consistently advocated for some of the loopiest and dangerous foreign policies of the past several decades.

Here’s a short list, in nor particular order.

1/ “Better a million dead North Koreans than a thousand dead Americans…A pre-emptive strike against Kim Jong Un’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs would be a terrible thing, demanding a vast military effort (if done properly) and leaving broad destruction in its wake. But that terrible option increasingly appears to be the least bad option.” — New York Post, September 4, 2017.

2/  “There will be no peace. At any given moment for the rest of our lifetimes, there will be multiple conflicts in mutating forms around the globe. Violent conflict will dominate the headlines, but cultural and economic struggles will be steadier and ultimately more decisive. The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing.” “Constant Conflict,” 1997. 

3/ “Dems on the Hill need to concentrate on protecting the Mueller investigation, the paramount security matter facing our country today. Instead, they’re about to do the work of Vladimir Putin and far-right domestic extremists by grandstanding against our intel agencies — and the indispensable work they do for all of us. The issue — back from the dead — is enhanced interrogation techniques’ and black-site management from the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Haspel is reported to have been involved with those long-abandoned programs. If she was, good for her.” — On Gina Haspel being nominated to head CIA, New York Post, March 13, 2018.

4/ “I’m looking for the civil war that The New York Times declared. And I just can’t find it…The Iraqi Army has confounded its Western critics, performing extremely well last week. And the people trust their new army to an encouraging degree.” — March 5, 2006, New York Post, “Dude, Where’s My Civil War?”

5/ “Obama Tried To Romance Putin And Got Date Raped” — Fox News, December 31, 2014.

6/ “Syria’s determination to develop nuclear weapons apes Iran’s and North Korea’s nuke programs, as well as Pakistan’s successful bid to join the club of nuclear powers … Given a choice between taking out Osama Bin Laden and his entire leadership network and eliminating renegade nuclear engineers, the latter option might do far more for our long-term security.” — Armchair General Magazine, in a column calling for regime change in four countries. 

7/ “Lincoln Freed The Slaves, Obama Freed ISIS” Fox News, August 18, 2016,
a remark which gave pause even to Bill O’Reilly.

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