The Trouble with Saving the World

When President Bush says he wants to spread peace and democracy around the globe, he deserves to be taken seriously. One cautionary note: we've been here before

The American President stood for those things that had come to define his nation. Its armed forces were the best equipped and most disciplined in the world; their fighting spirit had just been the decisive factor in ending a war. The American economy was the largest and most technologically advanced on the planet, brimming with broad-shouldered vitality. Perhaps above all, the President thought big; he had grand, expansive ideas of how the world might be ordered to increase human security and happiness, and he cast these thoughts not in terms of some narrow set of American interests but as universal truths...

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