21 November 2003

Followup to Bush and Progressivism


David Marcovitz ’06 href=“http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2003/11/18/opinion/9136.shtml”>wrote
to the Prince to call my column “irrational.” Yes! I must be doing
something right.

He may have a point about my hand-waving on domestic policy. Domestic
policy might explain why I explain why 60% of Princeton href=“http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2003/04/04/news/7792.shtml”>supported
the war back in April, but only 28% support the President now. Perhaps
Princeton still supports the war but not the President. (Or perhaps
the replacement of ’03 by ’07 tipped the balance.)



But I’m more curious about Mr. Marcovitz’s own opinions. His letter,
in part, read:



The new status quo has become the daily slaughter of our
peers in Iraq, international outrage with the United States and eerie
forecasts of spiraling national debt. No, Mr. Barillari, we’re very
uncomfortable with the status quo.


Ironically, in the exact same href=“http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2003/04/04/news/7792.shtml”>article
in which I found the student poll on the War, we have:



Dave Marcovitz ’06, who described himself as strongly in
support of the war, explained in an email, “I see this as a war of
ideology as much as anything else.” He also expressed his hope
that “the establishment of a successful democracy in Iraq will
occur, and it will serve as a model for democracy in the Arab
world.”


I find it difficult to believe that anyone who was “strongly in
support” of the war to democratize the Middle East would later be
“very uncomfortable” with “international outrage with the United
States.” What is your stance, Mr. Marcovitz?



Update: My href=“http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2003/11/20/opinion/9162.shtml”>letter
to the Prince.



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