Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ah. cripes, more national righteousness—from "liberals"

This is exactly what we DON'T need, but it's what we're sure to get more of.

"Liberals" thinking they can beat "Conservatives" at their own spurious game—by dredging up the ghost of that influential and wicked Senator from Boeing, by being more militaristic, invading more countries, flexing more muscle—only doing it better, and more virtuously, so that the women and children whose bodies are shredded and crushed by our bombs will go to glory happy in the knowledge that their lives were given for a good cause, so that America could feel good about itself....

The title of Peter Beinart's book is puke-inducing. The Good Fight: Why Liberals – and Only Liberals – Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again. Ponder the arrogance, the presumption, the ... uh, ignorance of history. And this from someone with clout in the opposition party!

I'm grateful, then, that Andrew Bacevich is around to let all the air out of Beinart's balloon in a withering review in which he discusses Beinart's "imaginative, if largely spurious, depiction of postwar history" along with Stephen Kinzer's slightly more reality-based Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq.

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