Following Familiar Footsteps

Nation building? Peacekeeping? Bush is starting to look a lot like Clinton

Where's Madeleine Albright when we need her? As the Bush Administration inches deeper into nation building in Iraq and closer to peacekeeping in Liberia, it would be nice to have an official around who actually believed that building nations and keeping the peace were worthy goals of U.S. foreign policy.

Albright did. During her time as President Bill Clinton's ambassador to the U.N. and then as Secretary of State, she argued that the U.S. was the world's "indispensable nation," its muscle essential to solving humanitarian crises and eradicating their causes, wherever they arose. For their promiscuous deployment of American force in...

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