Oil and Water
Michael Oren traces the roots of the American presence in the Mideast
Power, Faith, and Fantasy:
America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
by Michael B. Oren
W.W. Norton & Co.
$17.95 List Price
It's still too early to tell what part of America died in Iraq. Our grandchildren, it's safe to assume, will still be debating this point. But one loss seems already quite obvious: Can one imagine an American leader using the rhetoric of American values—the pursuit of freedom and democracy—to rally the country to a war of choice, to a battle that is not existential? We're much less likely to buy it. Not after the lesson