Thursday, February 17, 2005

Sense on the Left

With Howard "The Scream" Dean's ascension, it's more important than ever to identify, and praise, non-moonbat Democrats. Spy magazine founder Kurt Andersen is one, as he demonstrates in the current New York Magazine. Anderson bravely and skillfully reexamines recent liberal assumptions about foreign policy:
[O]ur heroic and tragic liberal-intellectual capaciousness is facing its sharpest test since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Back then, most of us were forced, against our wills, to give Ronald Reagan a large share of credit for winning the Cold War. Now the people of this Bush-hating city are being forced to grant the merest possibility that Bush, despite his annoying manner and his administration’s awful hubris and dissembling and incompetence concerning Iraq, just might—might, possibly—have been correct to invade, to occupy, and to try to enable a democratically elected government in Iraq.
And he also depicts the left's fresh dilemma:
Three months after failing to defeat Bush in our election, plenty of New Yorkers privately, half-consciously hoped for his comeuppance in Iraq’s. You know who you are. . .

Like “radical chic,” a related New York specialty, “liberal guilt” once meant feeling discomfort over one’s good fortune in an unjust world. As this last U.S. election cycle began, however, a new subspecies of liberal guilt arose—over the pleasure liberals took in bad news from Iraq, which seemed sure to hurt the administration. But with Bush reelected, any shred of tacit moral rationale is gone. . .

Each of us has a Hobbesian choice concerning Iraq; either we hope for the vindication of Bush’s risky, very possibly reckless policy, or we are in a de facto alliance with the killers of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. We can be angry with Bush for bringing us to this nasty ethical crossroads, but here we are nonetheless.
Before he's tarred, feathered and ostracized from the upper West side, read Anderson's entire soul-searching article. And don't miss John Hawkins' analysis at Right Wing News.

(via Instapundit)

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