May 25, 2004
Bush Gambling on Democracy
On the whole, I like David Brooks. But apparently he hasn't been listening to what George Bush has been saying for the past year and a half:
It's a huge gamble to think that the solution to chaos is liberty. But it's fitting that during the gravest crisis of his presidency, President Bush reverted to his most fundamental political belief. He began this war in Iraq repeating the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence, that our creator has endowed all human beings with the right to liberty, and the ability to function as democratic citizens. He said last night with absolute confidence that the Iraqis are democrats at heart.
Bush is betting his presidency, and the near-term future of this nation, on that central American creed.
Bush is betting his presidency on the Iraqis and their ability to govern themselves better than we governed them. At least he is now behaving consistently with the elemental conviction of this nation. If we have faith in anything, it should be in this democratic dream, which has so far, in our history, vindicated our hopes.
Mr. Brooks, the plan hasn't changed - you just haven't been paying attention. Thank God the French had more faith in a group of former colonies in the New World over 200 years ago. After World War II, America fostered the development of democracy in a former enemy - Japan. It was not easy. It took years of hard work. This is what George Bush has been saying all along, if the media would only report it.
And the gambling metaphor is everywhere... Podhoretz is apparently more of a gamblin' man.
May 25, 2004 at 08:26 AM | Permalink
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Ya see, the dry alcoholic has just traded one vice for another!
Posted by: CKCat channelling "BGGW' at May 25, 2004 3:33:09 PM
Yeah - where the heck is Bill Bennett when you need him?
Posted by: Cassandra at May 25, 2004 3:39:33 PM