Condi on Iraq
It should be no surprise to anyone that Condi Rice can write. Most professors can. It should be no great surprise that she knows a lot about the facts of history, given her educational background. But when you read her Washington Post column "The Promise of Democratic Peace
" you get more than those two things. There is a real sense here that she not only sees the parallels between the end of WW2 in Europe and Japan and Iraq, she understands its implications at an innate level. She is trying to live that parallel. Given the success of post WW2 Japan and West Germany, this make all the sense in the world. In this case it isn't "those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it" it is "those who pay attention to history might just manage to repeat it". We should all be proud that President Bush picked this woman to be in the two positions she has held in the administration. Go read the article.