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Monday, September 23, 2002
Jim Henley writes:
The party that took us to war on behalf of the al Qaeda-connected Kosovo Liberation Army is simply not the timber from which one can build an antiwar house.He's talking about the Democratic Party. If you didn't know, keep in mind this would be news to Andrew Sullivan and The Wall Street Journal if they ever stopped seeing the Democrats as the embodiment of evil long to deal with some facts.
Henley, being a libertarian, comes to this conclusion out of a belief that "Both the Democrats and Republicans are fundamentally government parties." [Italicization in the original.]
There is a lot of good to be said in the libertarian critique of war but Henley's formulation seems odd as most political parties at least have apirations to government. Some want to do more or less or just different things with state power but they do want it. Rather what unites the Democrats and the Republicans is a belief that somebody should be in the business of running of the world. They have minor disagreements on who should do it and how it should be done, but they agree that it should be done in what they see as the interests of the U.S. And on the bulk of the questions, they agree on how it should be done.