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Liberal hawk

The term liberal hawk refers to a politically liberal individual (in liberal internationalism, which had caused them to support military intervention in the past.[1]

One document often cited as promoting a liberal hawkish point of view is Progressive Internationalism: A Democratic National Security Strategy, published by the Progressive Policy Institute in October 2003. Another document related to this philosophy is a letter to President Bush sent by Social Democrats USA in February 2003, urging the military overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime.[2]

In January 2004, Kenneth Pollack, Jacob Weisberg, Fareed Zakaria and Fred Kaplan participated in a five-day online forum entitled Liberal Hawks Reconsider the Iraq War, in which they discussed whether they had been correct in advocating military action against Saddam Hussein's regime. Kaplan by that point had renounced his prior support, but the general consensus among the participants was that, despite the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the war had still been justified on humanitarian grounds.

In his book The Good Fight, published in 2006, Peter Beinart renounced his prior support for the Iraq War, saying, "I was too quick to give up on containment, too quick to think time was on Saddam's side."


Harry S. Truman signing a proclamation declaring a national emergency that initiates U.S. involvement in the Korean War

People who have been described as liberal hawks include:


  1. ^ Packer, George. "The Liberal Quandary Over Iraq." The New York Times Magazine. December 8, 2002.
  2. ^ [2]Letter to President Bush sent by Social Democrats USA
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  4. ^ a b c d e f Anatol Lieven, Liberal Hawk Down, Anatol Lieven, The Nation, 7 October 2004
  5. ^

External links

  • Progressive Internationalism: A Democratic National Security Strategy
  • A Liberal's Case for Bush's War., Michael Totten, FrontPage Magazine, January 8, 2003.
  • Slate: Liberal Hawks Reconsider the Iraq War
  • Bush’s Useful Idiots, Tony Judt, London Review of Books, 21 September 2006
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