Sunday, August 20, 2006


The New York Review of Books: The Foreign Policy the US Needs: "Democratization has become confused with elections"

"The imperial nationalism of [the neoconservatives and the apostles of brute force— like Cheney and Rumsfeld—] reminds one of that of the French Revolution, which wanted both to export the "principles of 1789" and to expand French rule of other countries."

"American leaders and much of the public, he charges, suffer from "historical amnesia," fostered by "US textbooks and public rhetoric" which portray America's international role as "uniformly noble, principled and benevolent.""

"He also argues that "when the US promotes local and regional security and prosperity, even to the short-run benefit of tyrannical regimes, it creates the soil in which democracy can grow." This happened in Taiwan, where US protection helped to allow democratic forces eventually to take power."

"[S]ecret intelligence operations often damage US interests—for instance. . . . "Secrecy's role in the US government is to keep senior officials from learning from their mistakes.""

"[W]hile Americans may argue that their security depends on the spread of morality and justice abroad, they should first practice both at home."

"[M]uch American military power is practically unusable because of international risks (as with nuclear weapons) and domestic opposition both to the draft and to protracted wars with high casualties."

1 comment:

jesse said...

God I heart that article.