The war moderates’ dilemma, revisited

As a further reminder of how the war debate of the present is continuous with the war debate of the past, here’s an article of mine from six months before the Iraq war called “The Moderates’ Dilemma,” by which I meant the challenge of supporting the war on a national-defense basis without supporting the various world-transforming schemes that various parties were seeking to advance by means of the war.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 20, 2004 05:33 PM | Send

Very interesting. Speaking for myself, I must say that I underestimated the extent to which the national liberation, pro-democracy ideology affected decision-making, whether the amount of troops, rules of engagement, or the planning for the occupation.

Posted by: roach on April 20, 2004 6:44 PM

The latest column by Bruce Bartlett, who normally writes only on domestic (particularly economic) policy, sounds like what a lot of people at VFR are thinking. See

Posted by: Clark Coleman on April 22, 2004 12:24 PM

I thank Clark Coleman for the Bruce Bartlett column. I had not read him before. My sense with Bartlett is that he is too caught up trying to figure out if Bush or Condi Rice knew this before he/she said he/she did, etc.

There is much too much politics going on in these phoney “committees” which were formed to try to embarrass Bush, NOT to find the truth. It’s so blatantly obvious, it’s sickening.

If Bartlett wants to worry about something, he should worry about why there are so few true conservatives in the Senate and House.

Posted by: David Levin on April 23, 2004 5:12 AM
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