Thursday, September 14, 2006

Tony Judt : Bush's Useful Idiots

Tony Judt has proven to be an extremely thoughtful essayist. He has tackled a variety of important topics, not least the disjunction of U.S. and European views on the Middle East and the European critique of the Bush adminstration's High Noon foreign policy. Here he examines the retreat of American liberals in the Bush era.
LRB | Tony Judt : Bush�s Useful Idiots: "Why have American liberals acquiesced in President Bush�s catastrophic foreign policy? Why have they so little to say about Iraq, about Lebanon, or about reports of a planned attack on Iran? Why has the administration�s sustained attack on civil liberties and international law aroused so little opposition or anger from those who used to care most about these things? Why, in short, has the liberal intelligentsia of the United States in recent years kept its head safely below the parapet?"

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