Tim "I'm not a prudent member but I play one on the web" Cavanaugh, in November:
If it eventually turns out the invasion of Iraq leads to an outbreak of peace and freedom…the liberal hawks will undoubtedly swoop back in to show they were on the right side of history.
Michael "if intervening requires this quantity of illusion for an administration to be willing to risk it, we should be doing less intervening in the future" Ignatieff, in December:
But while you may not like the providential aspect of democratic providentialism, it remains true that the promotion of democracy by the United States has proved to be a dependably good idea. America may be more unpopular than ever before, but its hegemony really has coincided with a democratic revolution around the world. For the first time in history, a majority of the world's peoples live in democracies. In a dangerous time, this is about the best news around, since democracies, by and large, do not fight one another, and they do not break up into civil war.