The cynicism Americans feel about humanitarian intervention makes sense. But we must stand in solidarity with Syrians.
In the bad old days of the Cold War, the left and the right used to play a nasty game called "Who's Your Favorite Dictator?" But the terms of the game have changed.
The more active America's foreign policy, the more the U.S. has to spend on the military: the "defense" budget is the price of Washington's foreign policy. American military personnel and contractors die. Enemies are created. A national security state develops.
The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.
With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.
In times past, talk of "humanitarian intervention" brought to mind images of Red Cross trucks and nurses coming to the scene of a natural disaster to tend the afflicted.