Roger L. Simon

Barone vs. Beinart

There are political commentators in America today – and then there’s Michael Barone. No one sees it more clearly:

The New Republic’s Peter Beinart argues that Bush, unlike Truman, has shown no respect for international institutions. But the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan were unilateral American initiatives, and Truman used the United Nations to respond in Korea only because the Soviets were then boycotting the Security Council. Otherwise, he would have gone to war, as Bill Clinton did in Kosovo, without U.N. approval. Bush did try to use the United Nations on Iraq, but was blocked by France and Russia, both stuffed with profits from the corrupt U.N. Oil for Food program.

Your turn, Mr. Beinart. (The Barone column is a must-read).