TITLE

Self Service

AUTHOR(S)
Krauthammer, Charles
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;3/3/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 8, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
To hear United States Democratic leaders and Democratic political candidates declaim on war is to conclude that liberals are totally incoherent on the subject of power. Hence, the cacophony of liberal voices about war with Iraq. Not only do these voices contradict each other, but some contradict themselves, not only day to day but even within the same speech--for instance, presidential candidates John Kerry and Edward Kennedy, who make elaborate cases as to why deterrence is to be preferred over war in Iraq and then absurdly add that, of course, Iraq must be disarmed. To speak definitively about liberalism's view of power, one has to look at what it did when it ran U.S. foreign policy. Strikingly, the very same party that voted overwhelmingly against going to war to expel Iraq from Kuwait ordered U.S. troops to intervene in Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, and dramatically escalated U.S. intervention in Somalia. Liberalists have great difficulty seeing national interest as a justification for wielding power. They are quite willing to use power for disinterested reasons of humanitarianism. They cannot deal coherently with war in Iraq, though, which not only requires a complicated notion of self-defense but which necessarily will result in U.S. aggrandizement through the extension of U.S. hegemony in the Arab world.
ACCESSION #
9169989

 

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