Can someone flesh out the distinction between criteria and theory? Between "doctrine" and pragmatism? There was a link to the Michael Hirsh article (which I read) and there was the discussion by Hussein Ibish in the diavlogue:
For the record, so I don't come across as coy, I'm skeptical of this distinction, but not 100% convinced either way. As for me, I'm satisfied saying Iraq was a bad idea, Libya seems OK, but the difference is not that one is justified by theory and the other by mere criteria. I mean, I didn't realize theory was necessarily myopic and narrow, and criteria flexible and pragmatic. This distinction sounds like a way to draw a line in the sand between Obama and Bush. Maybe there needs to be a line, but I'm skeptical that this is the one.
B back in a few days.