It's Time for Extreme Peacekeeping

On the day before the 2000 presidential election, George W. Bush launched a final attack on Al Gore. "I'm worried about an opponent who uses nation building and the military in the same sentence," he said. This was, you may recall, a signature Bush theme. Nation building was for wussy foreign-policy sociologists; the military's job was to "fight and win" wars. How ironic that the good news from Iraq the Bush Administration has been touting is almost entirely due to the excellent nation-building efforts of the U.S. military.

In fairness to the President, everything--especially the role of the military--changed after...

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