Why the Neo-Cons Can't Win the War on Bin Ladenism
by Paul Adler
October 20, 2004
"I do not doubt that people like Paul Wolfowitz or Dick Cheney are sincere in a desire to see democracy expand to the Arab world. However, not only do I doubt their ability to carry through on such rhetoric, but I have serious issues with their conceptions of democracy.."
Paul Adler talks about how he thinks the Bush Administration is both too cynically political and too rigidly ideological to conduct this war properly; how Afghanistan (the primary front in the war on al Qaeda) remains a very dangerous and unstable place, and how, in the Bush Administration, we find a hyper version of the neo-liberal economics that has hampered development efforts around the world. In Adler's words, "Reconstruction and development efforts need to be based more on the ethos of the New Deal, not the era of robber barons." A must-read.