June 30, 2005
Our Cold War containment policy wasn’t easily arrived at, and went through several permutations – some good, some bad – through 40-plus years. We’re still in the early stages of this new war – and we’ll need time for a good policy to cohere. (NOTE: When I say “early stages,” I mean that this Terror War is likely to last as long, if not longer, than the Cold War. If the Cold War began in 1948 and the Terror War began in 2001, then today we’re only up to the equivalent of 1951. By that measure, we’re doing much better at this early stage than we were doing back then.)
Well, that’s encouraging.