A Pact with the Devil: Washington's Bid for World Supremacy by Tony Smith

By Tony Smith

Regardless of the overpowering competition at the left to the warfare in Iraq, many famous liberals supported the conflict on humanitarian grounds. They argued that the conflict could rid the area of a brutal dictator and free up 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 glide in mainstream liberal considering towards a extra militant posture in global affairs with recognize to human rights and democracy promoting. starting with the Wilsonian quest to ‘make the realm secure for democracy’ correct as much as the current day liberal aid for regime swap, Smith isolates top strands of liberal internationalist pondering which will see how the ‘liberal hawks’ developed them right into a case for American and liberal imperialism within the heart East. the result's a mirrored image on an incredible element of the highbrow historical past of yankee international coverage; constructing how a cosmopolitan crew of thinkers got here to model their strategies to Washington and dealing to determine what position liberalism should still play in deliberations within the nation on its function in international occasions now that the failure of those pursuits in Iraq turns out transparent.

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15 Finally, in July 2006, a New York Times/CBS poll found that 59 percent of the public “did not believe the United States should take the lead in solving international conflicts in general,” while 31 percent said it should. Three-fourths of Republicans supported the Iraq War, three-fourths of Democrats did not, with Independents effectively split. As this evidence suggests, Americans tend to be a “show me” people. Public opinion before 2001 did not for the most part see democracy promotion as important to the country’s national security, nor did the public convert to this notion en masse after 9/11.

Certainly the idea of many neoconservatives that China and Russia could be democratized by an American crusade staggers the imagination. America simply did not have the power, or the appeal, to achieve what it wanted. Meanwhile, its high-energy update of liberal internationalism encapsulated in the Bush Doctrine generated both a fear and a hope that were the stuff of the “fog of war” itself. The fear was of the enemy, the hope for a better tomorrow. The character of each was badly misunderstood, which only compounded the problem of retreat.

We will extend the peace by encouraging free and open societies on every continent. ” As he declared in widely cited phrases that immediately summoned up Wilson’s pledge on the eve of America’s entry into World War I nearly ninety years earlier to work for a world order that made future wars impossible: We are led by events and common sense to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world….

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