Wednesday, February 02, 2011

How About that Stable Democracy in Iraq?

Maybe one Middle Eastern country that is not on the list to be a domino should tell us something about successful, though not easy, foreign policy. Victor Davis Hanson:
". . . given that it has become one of Obama’s 'greatest achievements,' surely someone in this administration can channel some sort of support for the dissidents in a way we did not in 2009 in Iran, by pointing to American support for the consensual and constitutional government in Iraq. Its free elections, complete control of its own fossil fuels, and open and unbridled media did not come out of the head of Zeus or because Saddam got tired of killing people."
"For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny—prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder—violence will gather, and multiply in destructive power, and cross the most defended borders, and raise a mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.

"We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."

George W. Bush, Second Inaugural Address, January 20, 2005


OregonGuy said...

Thanks for the post. Our leadership class has its collective heads firmlly pushed into sand.

"Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" is poor foreign policy.

It goes beyond naivete into willful ignorance, in my humble opinion.

T. D. said...

They seem to think that values are only nice sayings not change agents in foreign policy.

But, domestic policy . . . . Well, that's another story. We can completely revamp health care with no ill effect just by passing a law--that we haven't read or understood. Go figure.

Thanks for your comment, OG!