WISE WORDS FROM A REPUBLICAN
"An empire that displays weakness and is not taken seriously is in serious trouble. However, being perceived as capricious or imperious is also dangerous. The problem has often occurred when an imperial power insists on imposing a particular vision on the world.
"It seems to me that in fighting the global war against terrorism, we need to restrain what are growing U.S. messianic instincts – a sort of global social engineering where the United States feels it is both entitled and obligated to promote democracy – by force if necessary."
-- Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), May 3, 2004
I never imagined I might agree with a Republican Senator from Kansas on anything, but I think these are pretty smart words. I wonder how many other people from the Republican party agree with what he says, and if there is some way those GOP leaders who agree could break ranks with the Theocons and make themselves heard.