Gingrich's comment about the "inevitable nature of third world violence" caught my attention.
Actually, it's the violence of the first world (which is a matter of choice, and a revenue stream for the military industrial cartel - like Lockheed Martin which has a plant in Gingrich's Cobb County) that should concern us most. The allegedly "civilized" first world has been inflicting state terror upon the Global South for generations. Focusing on the U.S., there was the extermination of the indigenous population, the brutalization of the Phillipines, the seizure of half of Mexico, a 1958 invasion of Lebanon, the invasion of Vietnam, the merciless bombing of Cambodia, proxy armies and death squads in Central America, backing Indonesia's genocidal assault on East Timor, special forces violence in Africa, the machinations of the CIA/NSA and "economic hit men", lethal economic warfare, and so on and so forth.
There are no ends that justify the means of Kaplan's neo-machiavellian "realipolitik."
I think Sitting Bull had a much better grasp of true "warrior politics" when he said:
"For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another's life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity."