By Tony Smith
Regardless of the overpowering competition at the left to the battle in Iraq, many sought after liberals supported the struggle on humanitarian grounds. They argued that the struggle may rid the area of a brutal dictator and unlock the Iraqi humans from totalitarian oppression, paving the way in which for a democratic transformation of the rustic. In A Pact with the satan Tony Smith deftly strains this indisputable waft in mainstream liberal pondering towards a extra militant posture in international affairs with recognize to human rights and democracy promoting. starting with the Wilsonian quest to ‘make the area secure for democracy’ correct as much as the current day liberal aid for regime switch, Smith isolates best strands of liberal internationalist considering that allows you to see how the ‘liberal hawks’ developed them right into a case for American and liberal imperialism within the center East. the result's a mirrored image on a huge element of the highbrow background of yank overseas coverage; setting up how a worldly workforce of thinkers got here to style their suggestions to Washington and dealing to work out what position liberalism should play in deliberations within the nation on its function in international occasions now that the failure of those goals in Iraq turns out transparent.
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That is, these three men are articulating a position that they did not arrive at alone—in fact, their position is preached on every street corner by partisans of the Iraq War—but that has its origins in theoretical arguments of democratic peace theorists and the democratic transition literature, whether or not they are aware of these elaborate theoretical arguments generated at the priestly level of the war of ideas. indb 32 1/29/07 9:24:15 AM INTRODUCTION xxxiii That is how ideologies work; the core structure can generate conclusions or debating points in seeming independence of their germinal base.
But there are reasons, we have learned, to keep our distance from saints. For these three men are quite sophisticated politically. They know well enough that if they wish the end—a democratic future for the Muslim Middle East— they have willed the means as well—the American invasion of Iraq and perhaps beyond. Given their long experience in the region, they also know well enough that to keep its power position, the United States will have as its first concern maintaining its hold politically, an enterprise that may well put the benevolent ends our authors would see served in considerable jeopardy.
And adopted it was. As it is phrased in the opening words of the basic text that most clearly lays out the Bush Doctrine, the NSS of September 2002: The great struggles of the twentieth century between liberty and totalitarianism ended with a decisive victory for the forces of freedom—and a single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy, and free enterprise…. We seek instead to create a balance of power that favors human freedom…. We will defend the peace by fighting terrorists and tyrants….