Friday, May 06, 2005

A Response to Ajami's Discussion of the Bush Doctrine

E. Rush has some very insightful comments on Ajami's use of the term "gamble" that were too good to leave in the comments section:

In arguing for the wisdom of the Bush doctrine, Ajami references America's "willingness to gamble on the young, the new, and the unknown."

If it were gambling, the doctrine would be incredibly unwise, and further, it wouldn't be very conservative. It's the very fact that our actions have reflected an effective course of action in the face of a calculated risk that illuminates the differences between how we deal with Iraq and how we deal with North Korea. The Bush Doctrine relies upon an older philosophy, dating back to Edmund Burke, that states that we will not seek to slake a thirst for innovation, but instead, measure the change that is necessary, if at all, and divine the most narrowly tailored means of effecting it. This is what allows us to make progress, instead of just being progressive.

It may seem like a minor quibble, but it's the very definition of our foreign policy differences with some of our fellow Americans, and it speaks volumes about this administration's faith in the undeniable nature of freedom.

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