The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, April 26, 2004
Kerry foreign policy. Anyone?
To recap: the Plawg has kinda-sorta endorsed Kerry on the basis that
In this reasoning, Kerry's positive attributes don't really play much of a role: he's the only Not-Bush with the possibility of becoming president, so beggars can't be choosers.
However, curiosity leads me to consider just what he might do if elected - first of all, in the field of foreign policy.
One or two initial thoughts:
I'm not clear there is any equivalent in the development of Kerry's foreign policy to the September 2000 PNAC paper which foreshadowed Bush's National Security Strategy and much else.
As to Kerry's own positions, my initial impression, having started to look out stuff on the subject, is that, on substantive policy, he's pretty close to Bush, except that he has the temperament and inclination to play the diplomatic game .
On Israel, as I noted on April 21, he falls in with Bush's unexpected generosity to Sharon without batting an eyelid.
I looked on April 4 at the foreign policy page of Kerry's website . I wasn't impressed then; and the page seems to have been embalmed in its then state. (No mention of that Israel thing, for instance.)
Kerry's foreign policy is evidently developing (to coin a phrase). My understanding of it certainly is!
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