George Weigel

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Day: June 1, 1995

Looking Toward 1996

  GW: If a presidential candidate, preparing his stump speech, asked you for a brief summary statement against the isolationist temptation, what would you suggest that he say?   EA:

Endgame in Cuba

  GW: Let’s wind up with Cuba. Describe the best endgame and best outcome there, and what the United States could do to facilitate that.   EA: I suppose the

The Responsibilities of Leadership

  GW: Are there going to be circumstances where the initial reaction of the American public is, “We don’t want to touch this with a ten-foot pole,” but a discerning

Defining "Humanitarian Intervention"

  GW: “Humanitarian intervention” is a major post-Cold War buzzword. You discuss it a bit in your book. Do you have in mind a set of criteria by which we

Bush, Revisited

  GW: Let’s talk about the Bush presidency. Bush quite rightly insisted on both the reunification of Germany and the incorporation of a reunified Germany within NATO; and he hung

A Presidential Pantheon

  GW: Let’s stay with the White House for a moment. How would you rate the twentieth-century American presidents in terms of foreign-policy accomplishment?   EA: That’s a difficult question,

Whatever Happened to V-C Day?

  GW: Let’s jump ahead to today. We’ve just marked V-E Day. We’re now arguing about V-J Day, or whether we can even call it that. What I’d like to

Monroe and Aquinas

  GW: In your book you make what struck me as a charming, if bold, intellectual move, describing the Monroe Doctrine as an early form of what we came to

Arguments as Old as America

  During President Reagan’s two administrations, Elliott Abrams held three senior State Department positions, as Assistant Secretary of State for, first, International Organization Affairs, then Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs,

The Rhythm to the American Foreign-policy Debate

  George Weigel: In Security and Sacrifice, you describe a consistent rhythm to the American foreign-policy debate, a rhythm captured by the dual imagery of “security and sacrifice.” In itself,