Norman Bailey replies to Angelo Codevilla
Angelo’s information on Saddam and al-Qaida is very provocative. If so, it would provide some justification for the invasion, although in my opinion still not enough. As to Rumsfeld’s main point I though I made clear that I agreed with it. Democracy building can certainly be in the national interest of the U.S. and thus pursued in various ways, including founding the National Endowment for Democracy, as President Reagan did, but the fact that another country is ruled by a tyranny cannot of itself ever justify military action unless it is demonstrably a threat to the national security.