Comments: Still Wondering

"The EU has spoken. What's happening in Darfur are "massacres" but it's not "genocide". As far as they're concerned the UN is off the hook for having to respond."

Which should remind us why liberals were the interventionists of the 20th century. When I was in high school my history teacher stressed to me that the Democrats lead America into every war of the 20th century. Not till the first Gulf War did that become untrue.

Wilson brought idealism to American foreign policy, and it was a feature of Democratic politics for at least 80 years. To boldly declare that America has the right to invade dictatorships and overthrow them should remain a core part of the Democratic belief system I'm saddened by the reversal now going on between the parties. It's rather like the reversal over which party believes in deficit spending, though that is a reversal I don't mind.

Posted by Lawrence Krubner at August 10, 2004 11:14 AM

The question about elections is an interesting one. My reading is that what they are aiming for is chaos and fear, to which they hope we will respond with confusion, bad policy and an abandonment of our values. I honestly can't see that the arguments in favor of Bush or Kerry affect this one way or the other, and we haven't seen any actual evidence that al Qaeda, et al., cares who the president is.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at August 10, 2004 03:16 PM

Lawrence - I don't like to talk about Wilson. He upsets me. :) Such a combination of, as you said, idealism and progressive policies with bigotry and racism makes my head hurt.

Jonathan - Half the time I think they're just "chattering" about the election to give the spies conniption fits.

Posted by Anne at August 12, 2004 09:22 AM