The Right Coast
November 19, 2004
By Mike Rappaport
Whenever the neoconservative (in foreign policy) in me becomes pessimistic, one of the best cures is to read Victor Davis Hanson. Here is an excerpt from his latest:
Just as the breakdown of a few Communist Eastern European states led to a general collapse of Marxism in the east, or the military humiliation in colonial Africa and the Falklands led to democratic renaissance in Iberia and Argentina, or American military efforts in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Panama City brought consensual government to Central America, a reformed Afghanistan and Iraq may prompt what decades of billions of dollars in wasted aid to Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians, the 1991 Gulf War, and 60 years of appeasement of Gulf petrol-sheiks could not: the end of the old sick calculus of Middle East tyrannies blackmailing the United States through past intrigue with the Soviet Union, then threats of oil embargos and rigged prices, and, most recently, both overt and stealthy support for fundamentalist killers.I am less of a neoconservative than Hanson. I am a skeptic about government, even in foreign affairs. And I think Hanson is somewhat too optimistic about the future. That said, he is on the right track.