Friday, September 17, 2004

The War: The Real Bush Doctrine

We all remember the "Bush Doctrine"--"you are either with us, or you are with the terrorists." Diana Hsieh points out the real Bush Doctrine at Noodlefood:

[T]he Bush Administration is floundering in its own moral fog. It refuses to identify its basic enemy as militant Islam. It defends Islamic values as morally equal to Western values. It often subordinates military victory to Muslim goodwill. It focuses on the violent methods of some militant Islamists rather than the more dangerous goals of the ideology. In order to avoid the charge of cultural imperialism, the Bush Administration is routinely lapsing into cultural relativism. As a result, America lacks a clear vision and purpose in this conflict -- and that undermines our capacity to eliminate the grave threat posed by militant Islam. The corresponding impression of weakness and self-doubt emboldens the militant Islamists' dreams of transforming America into an Islamist theocracy.
Unfortunately, well said.

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