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“Progressive”policies are failing the real-world test

Posted by sanityinjection on February 9, 2010

In a great piece, Matt Welch, the editor of the libertarian magazine Reason, analyzes the so-called “progressive” policies of the Obama Administration and explains why they are failing both in the foreign and domestic realms. Essentially, Welch argues that it has been so long since progressives have been in power that their ideas have not had to meet the test of being applied to the real world. He also neatly disposes of the canard that the person of George Bush was the greatest obstacle to international cooperation and world peace: “No amount of international do-goodism is going to prevent countries from acting in what they perceive to be their own self-interest.”


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Best foreign policy analogy of the year!

Posted by sanityinjection on September 24, 2009

And the award goes to…Greg Sheridan of The Australian, who compares President Obama on the world stage to Richie Cunningham from the 70s TV show “Happy Days” –  liked by everyone, feared by no one:

Sheridan points out that when trouble reared its head, Richie always had to turn to his tougher friend the Fonz for help. Problem is, Obama doesn’t have a Fonz. He needs to *be* the Fonz.

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Bolton: Foreign policy reality check

Posted by sanityinjection on June 11, 2009

I have to admit I almost didn’t read this column. I often skip op-ed pieces when I know either the author or the publication to be relentlessly partisan on one side or the other. There’s not much suspense if I can predict beforehand what the piece is going to say.

So, an op-ed piece by the very partisan conservative John Bolton (former US Ambassador to the United Nations) appearing in the very partisan conservative Washington Times, was not high on my priority list. But I had some time to kill, so I checked it out, and I’m glad I did.

Bolton doesn’t spend a lot of time discussing specifics about how to handle North Korea or Iran. Instead, he talks about the overall conservative philosophy of American foreign policy, and his concern about the direction that President Obama appears to be headed in:

“Conservative foreign policy is unabashedly pro-American, unashamed of American exceptionalism, unwilling to bend its knee to international organizations, and unapologetic about the need for the fullest range of dominant military capabilities. Its diplomacy is neither unilateralist nor multilateralist, but chooses its strategies, tactics, means and methods based on a hard-headed assessment of U.S. national interests, not on theologies about process. Most especially, conservatives understand that allies are different from adversaries, and that each should be treated accordingly….

Defending U.S. interests is neither arrogant nor disrespectful of others, but is instead the basic task of our presidents. Despite the 2008 election, neither the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, nor international terrorism, nor the challenges of geostrategic adversaries have in any way diminished….Overseas “apology tours,” public displays of empathy and inviting the likes of Iran to Fourth of July receptions at our embassies will not alter these underlying realities. Nor will reducing national-security budgets on such key items as missile defense and advanced weapons systems…make our adversaries more amenable to sweet reason. Sadly, such gratuitous indications of self-doubt and weakness only encourage the very adversaries whose favor we are currying….

Conflict with our interest and values is not some unfortunate exception to normality, it is normality. While harmony is desirable, it is far from inevitable, and the causes of disharmony are just as natural and human as their opposites….

In particular, conservatives reject the idea that America’s actions are the foundation for most international discord, and that it is our deviation from international “norms” that must be “corrected” for the natural state of harmony to return.

To the contrary, in the last century, America has repeatedly sought to solve problems others have created, but which risk our own security. Left to ourselves, we would have been more than happy for the others to solve their own problems. That option, however, has not been open to us for quite some time, nor will it return in the foreseeable future, if ever.

Full article is here:

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