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Turning lead into gold

September 25, 2006

Shorter Victor Davis Hanson: “Iraq and Afghanistan are both in terrible shape. This clearly vindicates the Republican position on unilateralism and, in consequence, undermines Democratic complaints about Bush foreign policy.”

As we reflect on this particular rhetorical gem, let me stress that I don’t think there is anything wrong with criticizing the lack of clear Democratic policies on Iraq and Afghanistan. But our current administration just isn’t serious about finding solutions to the mess they’ve made. “Stay the course” means punting the hard choices to the next President.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.