A fundamental problem with a revolutionary party as a ruling party is that is that its raison d'etre is stuck in the past.
People identify with either the Republican tribe or the Democratic tribe and shape their views accordingly.
Madison and Wilson both took the country to war. Both did so despite earlier indications of personal hesitation and reservation.
Washington may end up helping hard-line Islamists in Syria for the same reasons it helped them in Afghanistan against the Soviets.
Gripes about the economic crisis shouldn't override the EU's accomplishments in promoting peace.