May 07, 2004
Another political quiz

Regular readers know that I am a total sucker for these quizzes. The result from this one is, umm, interesting.

Based on your answers, you are most likely a realist.


•Are guided more by practical considerations than ideological vision
•Believe US power is crucial to successful diplomacy - and vice versa
•Don't want US policy options unduly limited by world opinion or ethical considerations
•Believe strong alliances are important to US interests
•Weigh the political costs of foreign action
•Believe foreign intervention must be dictated by compelling national interest

Historical realist: President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Modern realist: Secretary of State Colin Powell

If I had to choose from the choices on the results page, I would have pegged myself as something between "realist" and "Neo-con", leaning towards the latter. However, I changed three of my original answers to slightly more hawkish choices (reflecting ambivalence about my original picks) and still ended up as a realist. My cover is blown; I'm a flaming moderate! (grin) I'm not sure that I appreciate the comparison with Colin Powell, but it could have been worse. I could have been identified as John Kerry.

(Link courtesy of The Common Virtue; Michael has a link on his FAQ page.)

posted on May 07, 2004 09:16 PM


Ha, I was about to tell you that I was a "Neoconservative" until I saw that you probably already knew.

posted by Michael on May 9, 2004 04:49 AM

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