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"Inauguration: Part 1" was the 12pm episode on Bravo today. So I watched that instead of the actual inauguration taking place; it was less painful that way.

Among other thoughts that popped up during the episode was one concerning foreign policy. If you don't recall, Will reads a speech that Bartlet wrote years ago while he was in Congress, and from the speech Will starts to draft a new policy:

WILL
"America needs a new doctrine for a new century..."

TOBY
Mr. Bailey...

WILL
"...based not just on our interest, but on our values, across the world."

TOBY
Define those values for me, please.

WILL
I don't have to. The President of the United States already has. "We are for freedom
of speech everywhere. Freedom to worship everywhere. Freedom to learn for every child."

TOBY
Just out of curiosity, how are you going to enforce a universal global right to
education?

ELSIE
The same way the U.S. enforced anything it wanted in the middle part of the 20th
century. Somebody called our father.

TOBY
What exactly are you doing here, anyway?

ELSIE
The First Lady likes my jokes.

TOBY
Excellent.

WILL
"It is our duty to give more than merely our support. We must give our strength
diplomatically, materially....

WILL and TOBY
"And if need be, militarily."

TOBY
I read it, I think, 16 years ago. It was about El Salvador and he had it stricken
from the record and there was a reason.

WILL
What?

TOBY
I don't know, but things have reasons.

WILL
Do they?

TOBY
Yes, they do.

WILL
Okay, but C.J. this morning put the body count at 15,000.

TOBY
You're talking about Khundu? That's what the hell this is about?

WILL
We're talking about everything. "And freedom from the tyranny of oppression, economic
slavery, religious fanaticism." Tell me if any of these describe anyone we know.

TOBY
This isn't what I meat by drafting new language.

WILL
What did you mean?

TOBY
Making the old language sound better. You're asking the two of us to create foreign
policy by ourselves. That's usually not a good idea. You've got your Pentagon, the
NSC and-- what do you call it?-- the State Department.

WILL
You and Leo McGarry and Josh are his senior counselors and it's not like he doesn't
already want to go there.

TOBY
This language proposes a new doctrine for the use of force. That we use force
whenever we see an injustice we want to correct. Like Mother Theresa with
first-strike capabilities.

WILL
Damn right.

TOBY
Oh, you've had too many dinners with daddy. Please go back to finding new language
for the foreign section!

I liked the idea that Will puts out. And I guess I agree with it. But I didn't notice until today that in some ways it bears resemblance to Bush's policy, which I dislike. Now I'm not so sure if I dislike it because of Bush, or because of what it actually says, or because of Iraq gone wrong. Anyone's thoughts?
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