Sunday, June 20, 2004

foreign policy  

posted by Michael Piwonka 8:51 PM
Recent news about the U.S. foreign policy have dominated the news services. From my perspective, it's a sad state of affairs.

We appear to have ignored international law and the Geneva convention in our deliberate treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

We have destabilized Iraq to the point of being a terrorist incubator.

Our own independent commission has nullified one of the reasons for invading Iraq. And the other one, the weapons of mass destruction, were obviously overblown; even if some were to exist, we didn't have the compelling evidence we said we did.

Immediately following September 11, 2001, the world (or at least most of it) was solidly unified behind the U.S. Today, we're trying to rebuild our fragile relationships with our supposed friends. How did we manage to waste all that goodwill?

Is the world safer than it was 1 year ago? Or 2 years ago? Doesn't feel like it.

While I'm not one to quote comic books as a source of foreign policy, perhaps the U.S. should remember the line from Spiderman: "With great power comes great responsibility."


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