BUSH THE LEFTIE
[H]e’s pitching the Kissinger doctrine over the side. “Stability,” “our bastards,” and the rest of the old right ideology is finished. We cannot and will not liberate every oppressed population at once. But weÃ¢€™ll do what we can when we are able.
It’s ironic that a recently isolationist Republican president has embraced this vision. It’s an old vision and its roots can be found on the left. Paul Berman articulated it best. “Freedom for others means safety for ourselves. Let us be for the freedom of others.”
George W. Bush, to my enduring astonishment, agrees. It’s the only thing that makes the Democrats’ self-destruction bearable.
This is a point that many Bush supporters seem to be missing: he’s turning the foreign policy he campaigned on (Read my lips: No nation building) on it’s head. Indeed, as I observed at the conference last weekend in a roundtable discussion on the neo-con foreign policy, it’s an odd juxtaposition: Jimmy Carter meets Rambo.
(Hat tip: Stephen Green)