October 15, 2006

STILL HASN'T FIGURED OUT HE'S A REPUBLICAN?:

Flexing liberal muscles (EVAN R. GOLDSTEIN , Oct. 12, 2006, THE JERUSALEM POST)

[Peter] Beinart worries that the view of what he calls the "anti-imperialist Left" - those for whom the fundamental issue is American imperialism - is gaining ground.

He cites a May 2005 Pew Research Center study of the American electorate in which it found that "Foreign affairs assertiveness now almost completely distinguishes Republicanoriented voters from the Democratic-oriented voters." Another poll showed that while conservatives, and Americans in general, cited destroying al-Qaida as their top foreign policy priority, among liberals it tied for 10th.

This trend was underscored by a November 2005 M.I.T. survey, which found that only 59 percent of Democrats - as opposed to 94% of Republicans - still approved of America's decision to invade Afghanistan. And only 57% of Democrats - as opposed to 95% of Republicans - supported using US troops "to destroy a terrorist camp."

"Many liberals," Beinart writes, "simply no longer see the war on terror as their fight."

And for a liberal internationalist like Beinart - who believes America has a moral purpose at home and in the world - this is profoundly disheartening. After all, if liberals believe every step America takes abroad is the first step towards quagmire it is impossible to take any step at all. And in the age of jihad, how can such a timid ideology rally America to its own defense?

"I THINK there is a danger of over-learning the lessons of Iraq in the same way that some liberals over-learned the lessons of Vietnam," Beinart says from behind his bare and scuffed wooden desk.


As this juxtaposition almost accidentally points out, the Democrats jumped ship forty years ago. But why would they back a moral foreign policy when they're dead set against giving morality pride of place in domestic policy?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 15, 2006 8:36 AM
Comments

Because of Israel, an important part of the left finds itself in the position of the coyote in the crude joke. They wish they could chew that arm off, but the arm to be chewed off is Israel

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 15, 2006 2:34 PM

Wasn't Beinart the guy who just wrote a book arguing that only the progressive left could win this war on terror? Has he changed his mind?

Posted by: ic at October 15, 2006 4:29 PM
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