The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, May 29, 2004
Kerry straw in the wind on foreign policy
A WaPo piece (May 30) on an interview  on foreign policy by John Kerry suggests that the neocon crusade may not be replaced by a liberal one if the man wins:
He said securing all nuclear materials in Russia, integrating China in the world economy, achieving greater controls over Pakistan's nuclear weapons or winning greater cooperation on terrorist financing in Saudi Arabia trumped human rights concerns in those nations.
The piece suggests that
In many ways, Kerry laid out a foreign-policy agenda that appeared less idealistic about U.S. aims than President Bush or even former president Bill Clinton...
Clinton, one recalls, joined Saint Tony Blair in his campaign to Bomb for Jesus in Kosovo - the first illegal - but oh so noble! - war of the new era that set us up for the second in Iraq.
As well as a pledge of no more Iraqs, we need an equally strong assurance from Kerry that there will be no more Kosovos.
One interview is, of course, nothing. But at least the rhetoric has Kerry pointing in the right direction.
That thing that Mao Tse-tung said about a journey of a hundred miles begins with a single step - perhaps that's the step. Perhaps not.
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