Debate Tonight: Who Do You Trust with US Foreign Policy?
|Considering the current state of the world, I hope that a significant part of tonight's debate will be on foreign policy. George Allen is not only a lightweight on foreign policy but he blindly follows the Bush Administration's foreign policy which has been shown to be a disasterous failure. |
Let's review some of the Bush Administration's foreign policy accomplishments:
Afghanistan: Unquestionable military victory. 100% justified. Evil punished, justice served. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration all but abandoned Afghanistan and allowed Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar (the mastermind and benefactor, respectively, of the 9/11 attacks) to escape into Waziristan where they continue to plot against the US, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Today, Afghanistan is a narco-state whose only profitable enterprise is growing poppies for heroin. Oh and the Taliban are making a comeback. And Bill Frist says we should let them back in the government.
Remember the "Axis of Evil"?
Iran: Thousands of Iranians marched in Tehran in support of the US after 9/11. Iran was co-operating with the US in Afghanistan prior to President Bush labeling them part of the "Axis". Now they are enriching uranium and saber-rattling. Why? Because the US can't do much about it. We can't afford to further destabilize the region and we don't have the military ability to do anything either (see Iraq).
Iraq: 2743 killed, 20468 wounded. Sectarian militias control much of the country. Civil war is an inevitability if not a current reality. No end in site. Violence increasing, oil exports down. 140,000 US troops who are targets.
North Korea: Now what have they been up to lately? A lack of willingness to negotiate with the regime (because, in the Bush world, negotiation is a sign of weakness) has brought us to this point: Nuclear North Korea.
Let's not forget the wildly unsuccessful unquestioning backing of Israel's war against Lebanon which was an unmitigated disaster for both Israel and Lebananon.
Not that there aren't more but those are the most glaring mistakes.
George Allen is and was behind every one of these failed policies. Partly it is due to his unquestioning party loyalty and 2008 Presidential aspirations, partly it is because he just doesn't know any better. He is out of his element (I don't know what his "element" is) in foreign policy.
Jim Webb, on the other hand, has been writing about foreign policy for decades and accurately predicted what would happen if we invaded Iraq and the consequences to our ability to deal with actual threats (like North Korea).
Who do you want making pivotal world decisions?
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