The ‘Liberal Order’ Myth and Its Critics

“Liberalism and liberal projects abounded in the past 70 years. But the dream of a unitary, integrated global system organized around liberalism is ahistorical.” – Patric Porter


I listened to Robert Kagan on NPR the other day in the car and it was an eye roll/yelling at the radio kind of interview. It was one of those interviews one hears with a guy who has made a name for himself as an expert, who is the toast of the cocktail party circuit, but who is so obviously and consistently wrong one wants to just reach through the radio and slap some sense into the guy. (We call these types of interviews NPR specials.)  “Liberal order.” Please. This cheerleader for the Iraq War is going to show us the way in foreign policy?

I think not.

(From The American Conservative)

The claim that the U.S. is only now under Trump turning into a “rogue superpower” is central to Kagan’s criticism of Trump and his defense of the “liberal order.”

Really? Iraq? Libya? Yemen? All sorts of operations cross Africa (and other places) we know little of during the Obama years? Kosovo? Just now huh?

Kagan’s strident defense of the “liberal order” and his record of supporting repeated U.S. violations of international law serve as a perfect example of the myopia that the critics of “liberal order” mythology are decrying.

Yes, the “liberal order” camp seems to forget that their “order” wasn’t very orderly and that it was often brutal and illiberal. We need to move forward, to be wise with our resources and the lives of our young men and women, and to not look back in reverence to a 20th Century that was as deeply flawed an era as there has ever been in foreign policy.

Yes we had the UN. But we had the UN.

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