Presdient Obama gave a speech (video
) at the United States Military Academy last month that outlined American foreign policy.
has been mixed. [more inside]
Pollsters Pew Research chart 13 big shifts in American's opinions which happened in 2013.
Tipping points and new thresholds have been established on topics ranging from marihuana legalization to isolationism to gay marriage.
The Israel Lobby.
Writing the London Review of Books, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Harvard University's Stephen Walt argue that American foreign policy in the Middle East has been diverted from the national interest by a powerful domestic Jewish lobby: [T]he thrust of US policy in the region derives almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby’. Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country – in this case, Israel – are essentially identical.
The article is an edited version of a longer working paper (pdf)
. While the authors focus on the potency of the Jewish lobby, including organizations such as AIPAC
and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations
, they also point to the role of evangelical Christians who believe that Israel's existence is a necessary precondition of the Second Coming, a group whose importance has been remarked upon elsewhere
Think We Can (French) Kiss and Make Up?
Two years ago it was "I'll always love and support you
". It only took a little while, though, before the arguments began. But there are always counselors to help you work on the relationship
. There is even talk of reconciliation
. And anyway, this love-hate relationship has been going on for almost three centuries
- Does Frontier Psychology drive America in a direction that the rest of the world cannot comprehend? Roughly defined as "the effort on the part of Americans to come to grips with untamed elements of nature and, by taming them, to reorganize their society
" We see it everywhere, even in Buffy
. Europe appears to value stability over mobility and change, in opposition to America. Prof. Richard Slotkin
has written extensively about these concepts. An interiew with audio clips is here
Are America's recent domestic and international policy decisions attempts to tame "untamed elements" around it?
War With Iraq - As Predictable As Chess
There is still a good chance we can avoid war with Iraq. Saddam Hussein has never won a war, and his military forces surely foresee their own destruction. Numerous assassination attempts by them (some involving the Republican Guard) have failed. They are likely trying again, even now. Therein lies our best hope.
What if they fail again? Then invasion by the U.S. is inevitable.
Salman says "miscalculations"
Is the US so
unpopular.Are they willing and able to do anything about it ??
How would you sell America to the Muslim World? Three Top U.S. Agency Executives Weigh In.
Their responses really are inspired. Jim Ferguson (creator of 'Brand Bush') tops the bill with, ‘a lot of it is like selling soap.’
In another Ad Age special the important question of ‘Should American values be marketed to Muslim Nations?’
is discussed. Their answer is yes, I scream, NO!
God, it can’t be long before we here calls for a marketing crusade. Please, can someone stop the advertising industry getting involved. This isn't Coke.
The positive impact of America
can be overlooked in the chatter of how bin Laden is the bastard offspring of our malicious foreign policy, so the flip side should be highlighted. How about a Nobel peace prize winner who has saved literally millions of lives worldwide, but even 99% of Americans would fail to recognize? What will we reap from his sowing?