On Liberty

If you want democracy for a week, invade. If you want it for a decade, occupy. If you want it for a lifetime, take up gardening.

Issue: Spring 2005

Is America about to launch a single-minded crusade to promote liberty around the globe, committing the blood and treasure of the United States to spread democracy in the Middle East and around the world at any cost? Some commentators seem to hope so, and to eagerly anticipate the sound of tank engines starting up for a dash to Damascus or Tehran. Others have expressed considerable concern. The differing reactions to President Bush's second inaugural address reflect the real tension--in the speech itself as well as in our foreign policy--between our interests and our values, which are not always the same, in foreign policy or everyday life.

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