David Brooks in his column today quotes part of a passage from the Bush interview on Friday that hits on something that has long bothered me -- Bush's theology of freedom....Bush believes the spread of liberty is "inevitable." If that is the case, why not spare ourselves all the effort and let the inevitable flowering of liberty take hold?"Long bothered me"? Perhaps chastened by reality (and disasters like this magazine cover) Lowry's now firmly in the bothered camp. But that wasn't always the case. Read this 2005 piece in which a starry-eyed Lowry taunted Democrats for doubting "the budding democratic revolution in the Middle East." He gushed that Bush's freedom agenda in the region could be a "world-changing accomplishment." He concluded:
By toppling Saddam Hussein and insisting on elections in Iraq, while emphasizing the power of freedom, Bush has put the United States in the right position to encourage and take advantage of democratic irruptions in the region.That was just over two years ago, when being "bothered" wasn't quite as easy as it is now. How long is "long", Rich?