cracks in the foundation
There's no longer any doubt that Bush is about to achieve his ambition of making war on Iraq. I join with all Americans in hoping that at least the coming war will be short and the loss of life on all sides minimal.
It should be clear to all by now that Bush has had this one aim for some time by now, and that nearly every other priority--Korea, alliances, international goodwill--execpt tax cuts are not only secondary but hardly even considered. He has predicted that a quick and easy war will be followed by a magical blossoming of peace, love and understanding throughout the Middle East, with the United States revered for its uncontested but benevolent military domination. But in this column, author Michael Lind debunks some of the strategic underpinnings behind that, er, vision:
The United States is now more isolated from its major allies and more internally divided over foreign policy than at any time since 1945. The strategy of the Bush administration-and not merely its style-is to blame.
The grand strategy of the Bush administration rests on three axioms: American global hegemony; preventive war; and the so-called “war on terror.” All three axioms are fallacies that inevitably produce counterproductive and misguided policies. What the great French diplomat Talleyrand said of Napoleon’s execution of the Duc d’Enghien applies with equal force to Bush’s grand strategy: “It is worse than a crime; it is a mistake.”