"How to Build a Better Democrat"

by Joe Klein


[F]oreign policy involves more than just the threat of force, more than just bullying friends and clobbering foes. Indeed, the greatest threats today involve a new kind of power that is neither hard (military) nor soft (economic and cultural) but viral. These new threats attack the global community insidiously. Terrorism is one virus, obviously; but there are also crime syndicates, environmental problems and businesses that operate beyond the reach of international law (not to forget actual viruses like SARS and AIDS). In an age of viral power, Democrats might argue, the U.S. has to be more than a hammer looking for nails. We have to find a way to act as a vaccine.

from Time Magazine, 19 May 2003.