Friday, July 16, 2010

George F. Will on Three American Hubrises

The guy I looked up to as a nerdy highschooler in the early '80s (before discovering Hardcore Punk) calls for "serious, meaning unsentimental, assessments of America's foreign policy tradition" — The high price of American hubris.

He reviews a new book that "discerns three varieties of highflying foreign policy hubris in the past 100 years." First, we have "Woodrow Wilson, who injected the progressives' faith in domestic policy expertise into foreign policy." This "was followed by the Second World War, and then the Cold War and the hubris of toughness." Finally, "the collapse of the Soviet Union" engendered "a hubris of dominance."

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