Change the Story

J. Bradford DeLong, responding to my question to those who opposed war against Hussein’s regime (“What do you want?”):
[I want a] … world in which the story the rest of the world tells itself is (1) that of a patient U.S. that–as a last resort–overthrows a cruel and dangerous dictator who has been massacring his own people and is a threat to his neighbors.
I don’t want a world in which the story the rest of the world tells itself is (2) that of a U.S. out-of-control–whipped into war fever by a President who has lied about connections between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein–that invades and conquers a small country far away for confused sets of reasons that the rest of the world finds scary.
We need to cement the alliance–create a Concert of the Atlantic–if we’re to have much of a chance of keeping future crises from blowing up in our face.
So I charge you, Bear, to do everything you can to change the story the rest of the world tells itself from (2) to (1). For if this is not accomplished, Operation Iraqi Freedom will be an operational victory for the U.S. (and a definite victory for the Iraqi people) but a strategic defeat for America.

Yes!
Charge accepted, Brad. Is there any clearer definition of a blogger — of a writer — to be found, than one who changes the story of the world?
I’ll do my part. And I can only hope that it is enough…