Unsupported Democracy (September 14, 2014)
As we have seen our quest for a democratic Iraq open the door for the rise of ISIS/ISIL, we would do well to reconsider whether there are higher and more basic ends for American foreign policy than the institution of elections. A population fed a warped view of facts is, after all, unlikely to make a rational choice for its leaders. Also, some nations may need decades or even centuries before they enjoy the educational and social conditions needed to support democracy.
Shannon Walsh holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's degree in History from Western Illinois University. A lifelong Catholic, Mr. Walsh is a student of philosophical history.