Via the Brothers Judd we have Richard Cohen whining about (among other things) that President Bush’s foreign policy efforts won’t lead to an “orderly transition” from autocracy to something like self-ordered societies.
Of course Bush can’t deliver “orderly” transitions. The very question bespeaks a mindset that values stability far too much to support having the transitions in the first place. Heck, self-ordered societies tend to be disorderly even after they have full transitioned from their previous state. Moreover, the whole point is to allow these societies to become self-ordered, not to coercively convert them in to carbon copies of the USA. Now, of course, some force will have to be used in some situations but that must be considered a regrettable concession to reality rather than any sort of intrinsic good.
I’m not sure if Cohen is an example of the perfect being the enemy of the good or just a severe case of reality dysfunction. Maybe both. I just hope he doesn’t call up his mother and berate her for the messy business of his own birth.