The Weekly Standard’s Noemie Emery

The Weekly Standard’s Noemie Emery compares the early days of the War on Terror to the early days of the Cold War. As Emery notes, “several Presidents have had to wage wars, but only two Bush and Truman, have had to perceive them, and then to define them as wars.” Although it seems odd to credit Bush for perceiving after September 11 that we are at war, such is the state of our politics (and arguably our society) that credit is due. And the President has had a strong few weeks lately when it comes to defining the war. Emery’s piece is a useful rejoinder to Bush’s conservative critics, such as Helprin and Codevilla, whose views Trunk posted last week.

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