Carol Platt Liebau: Peace vs. Power

Friday, December 22, 2006

Peace vs. Power

Matthew Continetti argues that the real divide in American politics is the "peace" party vs. the "power" party. To some extent, that's true.

But what's worth pointing out is that those of us in the "power" party aren't interested in power for its own sake. Rather, we believe that it's the only way to be certain that peace can be secured. The "peace" party could more accurately be called the "peace at [almost] any price" party -- and its members are willing to believe that our adversaries are reasonable people, with pure and peaceful motives of our adversaries, so long as that illusion will prevent the necessity of war.


Blogger Greg said...

They should be called the "Illusion of Peace" Party.

We should be called the "Peace Through Power" Party.

11:19 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

It depends on their working definition of "peace".

If it happens to be the absence of American military engagement--that is, we aren't going to fight back--that's not really "peace" in my book.

1:38 PM  

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