[lit-ideas] Re: The death of American Realpolitik

  • From: Eric Yost <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 14:19:45 -0400

>>Is what we have now better than what we would have had if we'd allowed
Saddam to dominate the Arab World?  I don't know.

_Best American Essays 2007_ contains Mark Danner's "Iraq: The War of the Imagination" (from The New Yorker). It's a pretty good account.

Danner argues that our immediate goal was not wrong; rather it was the subsequent additional and stubbornly-held goals, combined with the faulty execution of basic strategies that created the problem(s).

Had a hypothetical Giuliani-type been President, it might be a different world, brimming with minimax clear-cut outcomes. Of course, if grandma had wheels, she'd also be a railroad.

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