Conservative Dissent On Democratic Crusaderism

Chris Roach, a “paleoconservative” who is pro-Administration on Iraq and many other areas, gives an interesting genuinely conservative critique of the President’s inaugural address. Those uncomfortable with the rhetoric of democratic crusaderism because of conservative fears of big government and humanitarian interventionism will find it compelling; those who support that tendency may find it thought-provoking, nonetheless. The President’s speech contained profound declarations about freedom that reverberate, at least with me, but the idea of global interventionism as a response to 9/11 should require a high, high, high burden of proof. “There is more to good policy,” Chris Roach writes, “than good intentions and a contempt for [tyranny].”

Posted by Matthew Hogan at January 20, 2005 9:40 PM