Wednesday, August 25, 2004

The Carter Doctrine 

Our venerated colleague Michael Miller of Public Domain Progress has outdone himself with a splendid post built around a single, fateful sentence, composed by Zbigniew Brzezinski, that speechwriter Rick Hertzberg was told he could not change when writing Jimmy Carter's 1980 State of the Union address:
Let our position be absolutely clear: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.
The argument spirals outward from there: to China, to Somalia, to Nigeria, to Sudan, to your local gas pump. Read it and try to imagine the state of the world twenty years hence if we still haven't moved to end our dependence on oil.

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