The Right Coast
November 05, 2005
Krauthammer on Scowcroft
By Mike Rappaport
In his latest column, Charles Krauthammer attacks the realism of Brent Scowcroft. Such realists support some despicable regimes in the service of stability. But as Krauthammer points out, the realists ignore that people are motivated by ideological considerations:
Even today Scowcroft says, "I didn't think that calling the Soviet Union the 'evil empire' got anybody anywhere." Tell that to Natan Sharansky and other Soviet dissidents for whom that declaration of moral -- beyond geopolitical -- purpose was electrifying and helped galvanize the movements that ultimately brought down the Soviet empire.The realists pride themselves on understanding how the world really works. As Krauthammer suggests in the title of his piece -- the Realist Who Got it Wrong -- they are mistaken.