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August 13, 2007

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MikeB

I'm new to the blog, but enjoyed the post. As a quick observation

I think it's clear that Bush took it too far, but I can't think of anyone in US politics that, given the circumstances of the time, would not have fallen into a similar frame of mind which is talked to in the article when Neibur states - "no virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint"

Given Bush's righteous religious background, it was certainly a slipperier slope for him - but both parties were duped into believing things which, looking back, had obvious logical holes (holes that were never questioned), I would say, because of the mind-set mentioned in this article of how virtuous our intentions were? No?

Brian

I think that's exactly right, Mike. I think under the circumstances at the time, a large segment of elite opinion--under the influence of some fairly radical thinkers--came to believe that a short-cut existed in world affairs that actually wasn't there. In hindsight this seems obvious, but even I remember at the time how sexy I found some of the countervailing arguments.

Anyhow, hope you keep reading. Cheers.

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