In response to my posts from Friday on The Corner, Daniel Drezner has clarified his critique of Zakaria. I’m glad he’s done so. This debate has a long way to go, though. Drezner, for example, doesn’t speak to his own incautious optimism about what happened in Japan and India. And over-optimism about cases like Japan and India does not originate with Drezner, but is a widely held–and mistaken–view. In any case, this isn’t the sort of debate that’s going to have a simple right or wrong answer. I hope (and expect) that there will be many more exchanges on these issues after the war is over. Here’s hoping for a productive debate–and thanks to Drezner for an interesting kick-off.