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It started out with some insightful background on the topic and interesting insider analysis, but somewhere it turned into standard meals on wheels foreign policy thesis. "We have to bribe the world to love us." I should say I am not a Republican or a hard right anything, and while I am all for foreign aid, I just don't believe that all our problems can be resolved by bribing Afghanistan and Iraq off with schools, hospitals, and LED TV's...
In the end of the day wasn't the left wing making fun of W for "spreading democracy?" We have interests around the world, whether they are security or civil rights we can only truly intervene in the long term, if we have real partners locally someone who's interests align with ours as much as theirs and not just someone who can speak English (Karzai). Otherwise it's all stick and no carrot, not because we are evil western imperialists, but because our leaders have responsibility for our security first. Otherwise, it's the "Mouse who roared."