From Realism to Evangelism

George Soros has written an op-ed piece called "The Bubble of American Supremacy" in which he claims that the Bush administration is driven by the ideology of political realism — that might makes right. "The Bush administration believes that international relations are relations of power; legality and legitimacy are mere decorations." But it has been argued, by James Chace of the World Policy Institute and others, that the administration has moved from political realism to political evangelism. (See, for example, "How a War Became a Crusade," by Jackson Lears, NYTimes, Op-Ed, March 11, 2003) This reminds one of the 19th century belief in "manifest destiny" and casts current U.S. policy in a somewhat different and even more troubling light.

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