That said...

Even though I disagree with Beinart, I think it is extremely important that he has provoked this conversation. For one, it is an idea that has been batted around a lot, and for many, was regrettably a "road not taken" during the Kerry campaign. For a lot the people in the Democratic universe who actually give a damn about national security, this is a very serious question, and that in and of itself makes it worth hashing out. Democrats can agree that Bush is doing stuff wrong on foreign policy, but they can't fully articulate their own vision yet. Stealing Republican thunder and making the War on Terror the defining goal of our politics is certainly one option of the table, and we should talk about it.


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