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October 22, 2004
The Transformational Power of Liberty
Bush gets a lot of deserved flack, but this to me is where the rubber hits the road and why I'm a cautious supporter this time:
From the New York Times, "In Bush's Vision, a Mission to Spread Power of Liberty"
It almost always starts with Mr. Bush's description of his warm relationship with Junichiro Koizumi, the Japanese prime minister, and his sense of wonder that he sits down "at the table with the head of a former enemy'' whom his father fought in the Second World War.
Yet it moves quickly to a vision democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq, and then to "free governments in the broader Middle East that will fight the terrorists, instead of harboring them.'' It is Mr. Bush's way of infusing the storyline of his presidency with a sense of mission, one as great as the liberation of Asia and Europe a half-century ago, one with the promise of turning the region into what Japan has become: wealthy, peaceful and its own distinctive form of democracy.
I have yet to hear anyone articulate a more sound plan or one more capable of success. Democracies have never yet warred. The closest we've come was a skirmish about fish between the U.S. and Canada.
Posted by hoffmang | October 22, 2004 08:02 PM