This article, alongside Juan Cole's, demonstrates that a more rational, productive US foreign policy is eminently achievable. Could we have a fundraising drive to get this issue of The Nation delivered to every household in the country?
Unfortunately, the Republican candidates seem engaged in a competition to see who's the bull goose loony on Nurse Ratched's ward, while the Democrats perform their every-four-years ritual of panic about being perceived as too weak on national security. They fail to see how this is counterproductive--that they are perceived as wimps not because their policies are wimpy but because they won't defend them vigorously, i.e., they act like wimps.
Perhaps all is not lost. In the 1860 campaign, Lincoln was careful not to breathe a word about slavery (much to the frustration of his party's grass roots), and in 1932 FDR campaigned on the principle of balancing the budget. Once in office, their intelligence prevailed. That's probably the best we can hope for now, but in the meantime, let's at least make sure the candidates read these articles.
Upper Arlington, OH
Nov 4 2007 - 10:52am