Is Democracy Worth War?

by Doug Bandow

“Objectively, preventing Washington from starting new Mideast conflicts would be almost entirely positive — which of America’s wars there have gone well? Not Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or Yemen. The US should bring its military home. However, this idea makes members of the War Party very unhappy. Especially The Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum. She flings contempt at those who claim war is no solution: defeating bad guys is ‘why the phenomenon of liberal internationalism — or ‘neocon internationalism’ if you don’t like it — exists: Because sometimes only guns can prevent violent extremists from taking power.’ … This sentiment is unexceptional and, ultimately, unhelpful without asking about ends. For what purposes should war be initiated?” (09/05/21)