Thursday, September 5, 2013
In tomorrow's (Friday's) Wall Street Journal, I offer some reflections on how my late friend and collaborator Jean Bethke Elshtain might advise us to think about whether to support or oppose President Obama's proposal for limited military strikes against the Assad regime in Syria. I don't know, nor would I presume to guess, how Jean finally would have come down on the question. She was a subtle and therefore often upredictable thinker. But I have a pretty good idea of what kinds of arguments she would have regarded as morally serious and what kinds she would have regarded as morally irrelevant or, worse still, immorally cynical.