By Ruth Marcus
Tuesday, March 21, 2006; A17
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40028000/jpg/_40028839_crawford_203ap.jpgI have a new theory about what’s behind everything that’s wrong with the Bush administration: manliness.
“Manliness” is the unapologetic title of a new book by Harvey C. Mansfield, a conservative professor of government at Harvard University, which makes him a species as rare as a dissenting voice in the Bush White House. Mansfield’s thesis is that manliness, which he sums up as “confidence in the face of risk,” is a misunderstood and unappreciated attribute.
Manliness, he writes, “seeks and welcomes drama and prefers times of war, conflict, and risk.” It entails assertiveness, even stubbornness, and craves power and action. It explains why men, naturally inclined to assert that “our policy, our party, our regime is superior,” dominate in the political sphere.