Declaring forever war

The American Conservative
by Michael C. Desch

The Giuliani campaign was slow to articulate a detailed foreign policy. Through the summer of 2007, it was content to offer platitudes among the mayor’s ‘Twelve Commitments’ such as, ‘I will keep America on the offense in the Terrorists’ War on Us.’ But by the fall, the candidate published a major piece in Foreign Affairs that outlined his agenda. Explicitly rejecting realism, he instead sounded the tocsin: ‘Civilization itself, and the international system, had come under attack by a ruthless and radical Islamist enemy.’ Giuliani warned, ‘the terrorists’ war on us was encouraged by unrealistic and inconsistent actions taken in response to terrorist attacks in the past. A realistic peace can only be achieved through strength.’ Had I been more attentive over the years, I might have been less surprised by the mayor’s hard-line neoconservative stance...(for publication 01/14/08)

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