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September 07, 2002

The Wilsonian Switcheroo: W...

The Wilsonian Switcheroo: Washington Post columnist (and International Herald Tribune editor) David Ignatius made this sensible (to me) point about foreign-policy politics a week ago:

An intriguing aspect of the Great Mideast Debate is that a role reversal seems to have taken place: The conservatives are sounding like Woodrow Wilson-style liberal internationalists in their passion for extending democracy to the Arabs, whatever the risks, while the liberals have become the voice of cautious, status quo conservatism.

Posted by at September 7, 2002 02:03 AM
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Pretty much on the mark I think. You may or may not agree with where republicans are going, but at least their thoughts are adapting to new conditions. The democrats are in danger of regressing into a charicature of what they were once. The democrats have for years accused republicans of being afraid to embrace new ideas and changes. Now I have to wonder if the reverse may be true. Stability under tyrants, over a possible future in democracies, and some liberals defend this? I thought liberals were supposed to be for the betterment of mankind?

Posted by: Mark Edwards at September 8, 2002 01:16 AM

Pretty much on the mark I think. You may or may not agree with where republicans are going, but at least their thoughts are adapting to new conditions. The democrats are in danger of regressing into a charicature of what they were once. The democrats have for years accused republicans of being afraid to embrace new ideas and changes. Now I have to wonder if the reverse may be true. Stability under tyrants, over a possible future in democracies, and some liberals defend this? I thought liberals were supposed to be for the betterment of mankind?

Posted by: Mark Edwards at September 8, 2002 01:16 AM
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