David Brooks is right: the disasters of the past year have weakened this country’s capacity to make its will felt in the world for years to come. (His proposed solution — “a global alliance of democracies to embody democratic ideals, harness U.S. military power and house a permanent nation-building apparatus, filled with people who actually possess expertise on how to do this job” — assumes away the problem: that it may no longer be possible to assemble a global alliance of democracies willing to follow our lead.)
George W. Bush has managed to actually carry out the program Noam Chomsky only dreamed about: to greatly reduce the capacity of the United States to achieve its ends abroad.It’s that — even more than making us liberal hawks look like a bunch of fools — that makes some of us so uncontrollably angry.
Here’s hoping that when the conservative hawks come to their senses, they’ll be angry too. There’s evidence of that process starting to happen.