HH: Last big question before the specifics, back when I was working with RN, there was an operational definition for whether or not the world was moving forward or backwards, and it was, if you look at the globe, can you say that there is an ongoing incremental expansion of liberty and literacy in a growing number of stable regimes in or allied to the West? And that was kind of President Nixon’s view for the Real War, and then for every subsequent book in retirement. If you look at the globe today, Dr. Rice, do we have that ongoing incremental expansion of liberty and literacy in a growing number of stable regimes?
On the other hand, Mark Green is the new administrator of USAID, which is a major funder of democracy promotion activities by the . government. Green is a former member of Congress and the former head of the International Republican Institute, one of the four National Endowment for Democracy institutes. Also, the Trump administration has rightly raised concerns about democracy and human rights in Cuba , Syria , and Venezuela , among other countries. I recently asked a prominent democracy promotion advocate if he was worried about whether the United States would engage in democracy promotion under Trump. He told me, “I am not worried because of Article One of the . Constitution and the naming of Mark Green as USAID administrator.”
These are sound questions, as much as a campus liberal today might find fault with the targets of his ire. Yale for Buckley was, among other things, insufficiently religious. Members of the faculty, he alleged, had been using “pernicious techniques to undermine the tenets of Christianity.” These “pernicious techniques” included the deployment of one-liners like, “All I can tell about heaven is that it must be awfully crowded there!” This is perhaps one of the earliest documented instances of students being triggered by a professor.