Urbin Report

Monday, September 27, 2004

Now that's just cold...

...true, but harsh. Mr. Kapan puts forth the idea that:

Next to John Kerry, Bill Clinton was a foreign-policy giant.

He makes a good point. Consider:
Even an administration dovish by temperament and little interested in foreign affairs came to appreciate that in many corners of the globe U.S. muscle was the only thing standing between peace and mayhem. After eight years of frenetic military activism in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan, Mr. Clinton had all but banished the sentiment that America's overwhelming power was somehow tainted by involvement in too many suspect conflicts, above all Vietnam. "If we have to use force," Madeleine Albright declared in 1998, "it is because we are American. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future."

At the time, the Clinton team's description of the U.S. as the "indispensable nation" elicited a rebuke from none other than Mr. Kerry, who seems to regard America's role on the international scene as being altogether dispensable.