Kai Bird is the director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography and a member of The Nation’s editorial board. His most recent book is The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter.
A quarter-century after the end of the Vietnam War, and eleven years after the collapse of the Berlin wall, it has become commonplace to say that we Americans have no consensus on foreign policy.
There are principled differences within the progressive community about the war in Yugoslavia, including the use of ground troops.
Confronted with the inexplicable, policy-makers and pundits alike grope for the apt historical analogy. It's a natural human reaction.