This may be the Platonic Ideal of a David Brooks column — vapid, pretentious, ahistorical and careless of the lives of people not named David Brooks. Here’s my favorite part:
The weakness with any democratic foreign policy is the problem of motivation. How do you get the electorate to support the constant burden of defending the liberal system?[snip]
…[P]eople will die for Mother Russia or Allah. But it is harder to get people to die for a set of pluralistic procedures to protect faraway places. It’s been pulling teeth to get people to accept commercial pain and impose sanctions.
Shorter Brooks: It’s soooo hard to find good help these days!
Please feel free to discuss whatever. God knows Brooks raises no issue worthy of conversation.