Follow the Ideology

To the Editor:

Re “The Rudy Doctrine: Does World View Go Beyond Bronx?” [July 16]:

For all of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s calculated ambiguity regarding the war in Iraq, there should be no illusions about the foreign policy he’d pursue as president.

Instead of strengthening traditional alliances and fostering greater international cooperation, expect a rhetorically bellicose, stridently jingoistic extension of the Bush doctrine. Instead of a humble superpower, envision an increasingly hegemonic one.

Imagine, too, a Straussian secretary of state (Elliott Abrams? John Bolton?) coupled with a Department of Defense run by the architects of the Project for the New American Century.

In addition to resurrecting Norman Podhoretz’s oxymoronic belief in what Mr. Podhoretz calls “Islamofascism,” Mr. Giuliani would make Iran—and not Al Qaeda—the central existential threat to the republic. Having chosen Mr. Podhoretz as his ideological gray eminence, America’s mayor must, like Mr. Podhoretz, believe that the “War on Terror” is tantamount to World War IV. And like a modern-day Winston Churchill, the redoubtable Rudy can now warn the West that a new Hitler is on the march—Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran.

As for Israel and Palestine, a President Giuliani would pay lip service to the road map for peace and a two-state solution. However, he’d encourage hard-core Likud supporters and disgruntled members of Kadima to realize their irredentist schemes (including a thickening of Jewish settlements, the elongation of the “security barrier” and a rejection of the right of return). In the long run, the dream of an independent, geographically contiguous and viable Palestine would simply wither away.

Such a worldview calls to mind Tacitus: “Where they make a desert, they call it peace.”

Rosario Iaconis
Mineola, N.Y.