Commenter Miriam Reik points out a significant hole in my reporting from Newport yesterday:
The answer given at the War College by Harvard professor Stephen Walt:
I’m not sure I agree entirely. Some of the process, from my standpoint, involves a showdown in the wake of Iraq within the left-liberal American Democratic community over the hijacking of policymaking. When Democratic congressmen like Tom Lantos of Californiawith great political effectivenessjustified the invasion of Iraq because the United States failed to take action against Hitler when it had a chance to save millions, and when this argument was essentially echoed by Paul Berman, in Terror and Liberalism, a book that absolutely refused to condemn the Israeli occupation of Arab lands, it is a sign of just how misguided the thinking has been within “liberal” ranks over Middle East policy. And why, lo and behold, we are now occupying Arab land with a very similar experience to Israel’s in its catastrophic occupation.
Speaking of which, here is the erudite Walt again, on the perils of occupation for powerful nations: