What Kind of War Are We Fighting, and Can We Win It?


This month’s Commentary asks a variety of individuals affiliated with the neoconservative camp the following questions:

1. Do you accept the term “World War IV,” or the idea behind it, as an apt characterization of the West’s battle with Islamic extremism, and do you, like Norman Podhoretz, see Iraq as a crucial early theater in that conflict?

2. Six years after 9/11, how would you assess our progress? What would you like to see happen next?

3. On the specific issue of the spread of democracy—a linchpin of the Bush Doctrine and a point of acute controversy between foreign-policy realists and neoconservatives—do you agree or disagree with Podhoretz that “democratization represents the best and perhaps even the only way to defeat Islamofascism and the terrorism it uses as its main weapon against us”?

4. Turning to the political climate at home, do you think the Bush Doctrine has a chance of surviving the elections of 2008, and if so in what form?

Click on a name to read their response or follow the link above to read the entire symposium:

Fouad Ajami
John R. Bolton
Max Boot
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Victor Davis Hanson
Daniel Henninger
Martin Kramer
William Kristol
Andrew C. McCarthy
David Pryce-Jones
Claudia Rosett
Amir Taheri
Ruth Wedgwood
James Q. Wilson
R. James Woolsey


One response »

  1. Commentary is a great journal; it is one of the few that I get regularly sent to me here in Korea. In recent years, as the term Neoconservative has become a pejorative, the magazine has been attacked for being “its” mouthpiece. None the less, I always find the pieces within it well written and argued, and I think anyone interested in the spread of democracy should give it a browse when they can.

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