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The Good Fight: Why Liberals---and Only Liberals---Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, January 29, 2008
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I am a product of working class liberals from Cleveland, Ohio. I viewed the arms race as dangerous and needlessly expensive. So Mondale got my vote. Then I spent a year in Europe. Being on one of the front lines of the Cold War transformed my thinking. Totalitarianism, and the threat it posed, was real. The Cold War needed to be fought, and it needed to be won. Reagan's policies gave us a chance to win it. I became a hawk.
At the same time, I learned a little about WWII and the ensuing Cold War. I came to realize that Republicans were not the original hawks. They were largely isolationists. To my surprise, Democrats were the original hawks. From WWII into Vietnam, the Cold War was fought by Democrats. What happened to the Democrats between Vietnam and 1984, and then into the present? Where did Reagan come from?
If you have any curiosity about these questions and their answers, Mr. Beinart's book is a must read and earns five stars on his treatment of these historical issues alone. Mr. Beinart is a "liberal" partisan, so kudos to him for criticizing "liberals" where criticism is due and recognizing "conservatives" where recognition is due.
But Mr. Beinart did not write a book just to tell the history of the Cold War. He writes to persuade us that the war on terror is every bit as real as the Cold war and, perhaps more importantly, every bit as important to fight.Read more ›
The first three chapters of this book are a recapitulation of the entire history of post-World War II American liberalism. The fourth chapter, "Qutb's Children," is about this generation of Americans' greatest enemy, whom Beinart describes as "Salafist totalitarians." It is immediately followed by a chapter entitled "Reagan's Children" explaining the predilections of the conservatives and neoconservatives running the Bush administration's foreign and domestic policies. The last three chapters cover, respectively, the Iraq war and how it was sold (unsuccessfully) to the world and (successfully) to Americans; the 2004 election; and the issues and playing field both domestically and abroad as they stood in 2006, when the book was written.
Beinart did not anticipate the Great Recession, but his Afterword, written in late 2007, did anticipate the other great test that faced President Obama: the withdrawal from Iraq.Read more ›
In the past two years much has changed. Although he is still trying to enlist Democrats in the good fight, he admits that he was wrong about Iraq in several ways. One, of course, was the failure to find weapons of mass destruction, but the other, more importantly, was the failure to realize the limits of American power and legitimacy. Borrowing from Rheinhold Niebuhr, he now believes we would do well with a little humility.
That said, Beinart still believes that liberals are uniquely equipped to fight global jihad. He supports his argument by drawing on the Cold War era and the Truman administration. Centrist liberals from the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) rejected communists and communist sympathizers at home as well as abroad. They set the Democratic Party on a centrist path and became mentors and supporters of the Truman administration. The policies of deterrence and containment advocated by Dean Acheson, George Marshall, George Kennan, and Paul Nitze served this country well up until the presidency of JFK.
In his potted history of this period, Beinart is trying to draw parallels between the fight against communist totalitarianism and today's Islamist jihad. There are, however, important differences. Osama Bin Laden is no Josef Stalin. Providing support for loosely connected cells of terrorists is much different than commanding the government of the Soviet Union and its nuclear equipped army.Read more ›
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This book provides a history of politics that may fill in some blanks for those who came of age as late as Vietnam and thereafter. Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by Aizel Zarek
If you are a liberal dove or a conservative hawk and are willing to challenge your own assumptions, this is a great book to read. Read morePublished on March 24, 2008 by Michael Magoon
Beinart would have been better off keeping the title to the first three words instead of promising something he does not deliver, and thus the average of the title and contents... Read morePublished on September 7, 2007 by J. Adams
Peter Beinart's ideas seem to reflect my own, and I wish more of our leaders were thinking along these lines. Read morePublished on August 12, 2007 by J Kragt
Beinart spends a significant amount of time on his interpolation of history. It is an enlightening view of a view of history and will give people a window into the ideology of the... Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by D. Shane Hanson
Yet another book that misses the point. A Coworker had this book so I borrowed it.
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Being interested in current events, I was chagrinned to find that this book is almost exclusively a historical review beginning at the start of the Cold War and crawling up to our... Read morePublished on November 10, 2006 by Kenneth King
In the normal course of events these days the tasks of working class socialists, particularly during the electoral cycle, are to create and distribute propaganda in favor of... Read morePublished on October 1, 2006 by Alfred Johnson
Today I finished this book and I read in the newspaper of Al-Qaida's No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri comments in a recently released video tape. Read morePublished on September 30, 2006 by John Matlock