You know if George wrote more stuff like this in his pieces, I would be a
regular reader. You can absolutely bring value to a discussion without falling
into the typical talking points rhetoric. Before even these events, the role of
American power erupted into heavy debate as was high lighted by the Great White
Fleet - and the battle between congress and then United States President
Theodore Roosevelt.Everything old is new, and everything new is also
old. These are not new debates. This is not our first time down these roads.
And it likely will not be the last either. But if we can keep partisan labels
off the table, and talk simply policy, we would all gain far more.
George Will's version of history is strange indeed. Willkie an
interventionist? His only effective campaigning point was that FDR was leading
us into war. Time for George to head back to school...
The isolationism of the 1920s and 30s was fed by the disillusionment that set in
after the first World War for which many Americans felt that U.S. involvement
had been a mistake. That sentiment was expressed in the very title of the
Hemingway novel A Farewell to Arms. Like Obama today, Woodrow Wilson found his
political capital exhausted in Congress which had no will to sign on for
Wilson's internationalist vision with America as key player. It took the
attack on Pearl Harbor to cause American opinion to turn on a dime.The disillusionment now felt after a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is
evident in national reluctance to get entangled in Syria. We can try to learn
from history, as Will argues. But in a rapidly changing world, yesterday's
conventional wisdom has a shelf life.
When you're a pundit, you're under pressure to say/write
something...anything... George's effort today speaks to that
reality.However, George did write an excellent book titled
"Reformation"... a sharp departure from the weekly anti-Obama messages
perfunctorily issued by George today.
re comment 11:52"Restoration"...not