Skip to comments.If Power Shifts In 2008
Posted on 05/28/2006 3:31:02 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
Could the United States be better off with Democrat in the White House in 2009? Here are couple of reasons the answer might be yes, even if you're not a Democrat.
The Democrats need to take ownership of American foreign policy again, for their sake as well as the country's. Long stretches in opposition sometimes drive parties toward defeatism, utopianism, isolationism or permutations of all three. What starts off as legitimate attacks on inevitable errors of the party in power can veer off into wholesale rejection of the opposition party's own foreign policy principles. Republicans in 1990s, after supporting an expansive internationalism under Ronald Reagan and the first George Bush, drifted toward quasi-isolationism against the Clinton administration's quasi-internationalism. During Woodrow Wilson's two terms, the internationalist party of Theodore Roosevelt began transforming itself into the isolationist party of William Borah. During the Nixon-Ford years, the party of John F. Kennedy became the party of George McGovern.
Eight years of Bill Clinton brought the Democrats mostly out of their post-Vietnam trauma and revived liberal interventionism. But the George W. Bush years have driven many back. Buffeted between the administration's failures and their party's left-wing critics, the Clintonites either disavowed what they once believed or kept their heads down. Lately they're starting to show signs of life and could still take the reins again if the right Democrat won in 2008. That wouldn't be such a bad thing. No one can claim any more that the old Clinton foreign policy team is less competent than the Republicans who succeeded it. But what happens to these Democrats if their standard-bearer loses in 2008?
The case for electing a Democrat is not only to save the party's soul, though that's a worthy task, but to pull the country together to face the difficult times ahead.
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This idiot gets paid to write nonsense like this.
Robert Kagan! Yes you!
Put down the Peyote Beans and walk slowly towards the nice men in the white coats with the big butter-fly nets. They'll take you to a nice restful place.
Robert Kagan is senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His most recent book, Of Paradise and Power (Knopf, 2003), was on the New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks and the Washington Post bestseller list for 14 weeks. It was also a bestseller in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Canada and has been translated into more than 25 languages. His next book, Dangerous Nation: America in the World, 1607-1898, will be published by Knopf in the fall of 2006.
Robert Kagan is a typical neo-con.
The first rule of advertising is to advertise your weakest point. That's exactly what's going on here.
The problem with the GOP is that it's become the Democratic Party.
Of course, the Democrats are now the Communists.
Could the United States be better off with Democrat in the White House in 2009?
You forgot to state "Barf Alert" for this article. Return the Dims back to the White House? Give me a break! To improve the foreign policy of our country? Lest we forget pre 911? Who was asleep at the wheel? The WP must suffer from a severe case of amnesia.
There is no accountablity for these people and they
sway thousands of people with their idiotic statements
like this one..hell, the Democrats will sell their own
down the river...terrorists...what terrorists?..they
believe in arrestng them ..not killing them...if they
get in power ...build a bomb shelter..way underground...
like 15 feet. Jake
Washington Post:Pravda (under the Soviets)::Democrat Party:Bolcheviks
Oh, no ?
The sad thing is, there are so many idiots that believe this moronic tripe...
"The Democrats need to take ownership of American foreign policy again."
AGAIN ..?? This is the "false premise" the WP uses to pat their friends on the back. THE DEMS HAVE NEVER OWNED FOREIGN POLICY SINCE HARRY TRUMAN.
Kennedy tried .. but the bay of pigs was a miserable failure. He talked tough .. but forgot to put the money where his mouth was. I have serious doubts much would have been done about Russia if they had not caved to the blockade.
Nothing but wishful thinking on the author's part.
Hence the reference to the Peyote Beans.
Although unintentional on the author's part, those words are the most correct and insightful ones in the article.
Which country? Red China? Cuba? Iran?