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Ladies and Gentlemen, when I resigned from the State Department I was convinced that America had forsaken a perhaps short-sighted, sometimes lazy but fundamentally decent internationalist foreign policy for a unilateralist one that was manifestly short-sighted, selfish and - dare I say it? -- evil. I had personal experience of enough successful examples of multilateralism to believe America's political and economic security depends on reinforcing, not weakening a multilateral framework of international law. There was no compelling reason for a change. But it is painfully clear that a weak and uninformed president, unglued by the September 11 tragedy and misled by his own rigid and fundamentally unchristian religiosity, has allowed a coalition of ideologues to make irrelevant the traditional diplomatic instruments of U.S. power projection. The war in Iraq, founded on lies and half-truths, was simply a step toward a more complete power grab by one ideological faction, garnished of course with massive and unjustified new resource shifts at the expense of a staggering US and world economy.
...but it's all good; read the whole thing.
Many hawks like to pretend that the bellicose Bushie rhetroic in the leadup and aftermath of the Iraq war has no consequences -- after all, it feels so good! -- but I believe it does, and that these consquences will hinder the
perpetual ongoing war on terrorism. Former career diplomat Kieslin obviously agrees, illustrating the obvious contrasts between short-term Administration goals and long-term natinal security.