“Dam breach argument,” warning that if someone does something then a consequences dam will break or a plane will tilt, sliding everyone toward bad effects.

Inspired by Andrew Bacevich’s amusing classification of four Ronald Reagan-era foreign policy decisions—to send troops into Lebanon, to hassle Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, the so-called “tanker war” in the Persian Gulf from 1984–88 and to support the Taliban in Afghanistan throughout the 1980’s—as “Operation Slippery Slope,” saying they appeared to be based on short-term thinking and had in common that they only made sense against a backdrop of overriding U.S. interest in foreign oil reserves.

(Dohm BROOCHH awg you MENT.)

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