Identity Crisis on the Right

Posted: Oct 10, 2007 10:44 AM
As everyone knows, conservatives are currently undergoing an identity crisis.  And because of Iraq, foreign affairs has a lot to do with the dichotomy.  Generally speaking, there are two fundamental competing arguments among conservatives these days.  They are as follows:

1.  It is our moral duty to intervene internationally, and help people who are staving or oppressed, vs.

2.  It is unreasonable to expect people who have never known Democracy to suddenly become "civilized".  As such, ousting a brutal dictator -- unless it directly benefits our national interest -- is a fool's errand ...

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, Michael Gerson's op-ed in todays WaPost is thought-provoking ...