Giuliani’s escape from the real world

Human Events
by Steve Chapman

08/20/07

The call for going on offense is characteristic of Giuliani’s entire foreign policy — simple, muscular in tone and cheerfully divorced from the world we live in. His chief tactic is sounding pugnacious. But if tough talk were all we needed, the war in Iraq would be over, North Korea would be a model of decorum, and Iran would have given up its quest for nuclear weapons. On today’s five-stop swing through Iowa, he seldom mentions Iraq. But writing in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, Giuliani calls for sticking with the current policy for as long as it takes, because we can’t accept ‘the consequences of failure.’ Such as? ‘Our enemies today would conclude that America’s will is weak and the civilization we pledged to defend is tired. Failure would be an invitation for more war, in even more difficult and dangerous circumstances.’ It doesn’t seem to have occurred to him that lamenting the results of failure is not the same thing as averting it. What Giuliani never addresses is: What if we can’t find a way to succeed? Stubbornness is not a strategy...

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