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Perils of Nation Building by... The Heritage Foundation?
Al Kamen of the Washington Post, in his In The Loop column, writes about an email he received from the arch-conservative Heritage Foundation warning of, get this, the perils of "top down" nation building:
This e-mail came in Tuesday from the conservative Heritage Foundation:
The following Heritage Lecture is now available on line: "Lawrence of Arabia and the Perils of State Building" by John Hulsman, Ph.D.
The experience of T. E. Lawrence in the early 20th century teaches that state building should always be approached from the bottom up, never from the top down; local elites must be stakeholders in the process, far more than people in faraway Washington, and policymakers must understand the history and culture of the region.
Why didn't anyone mention this before?
Of course, the catch-22 here is, if the Bush administration had been smart enough to do nation building properly, they would've been smart enough to not invade Iraq in the first place.