Sunday, April 03, 2005

United States: Political Island

We are living in a nation based upon a reality TV show. Of course I am speaking of survivor. It starts with all of the potential and current supporters of US affairs. But instead of any physical or emotional abuse that would pressure a normal person to get kicked off of the island, Bush is the factor. With every choice he makes he further separates the United States from the rest of the world. Who is going to be the last supporter? It seems like Bush is rushing to find out!

There are many examples of the ways Bush is trying to eliminate our current and potential supporters. The most recent would be going to war based on no reliable information. Now you may say that happened a long time ago, and there are more recent things… What about the failure of intelligence report they just put out?

The latest intelligence-failure report looks like it may isolate any potential allies of the United States even further. Not only did many countries flat out object the war, but now many potential allies will have to think about the fact that we went to war based on information that was “dead wrong.” The Chicago Sun-Times says :
    ''Obviously the report creates severe doubt about the administration's ability to implement a policy of preemption,'' said Loren Thompson, a defense analyst at the Lexington Institute, a Virginia-based think tank.

    "The past failures of our intelligence system have already alienated key allies. Now these findings seem to signal that we can't rely on available intelligence to make such decisions in the future," Thompson said.
These are all things that we (Bush) could have controlled, especially the “war” part.

But wait; there are many other things to be done to separate the weak from the strong. Like the placement of Paul Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank. Wolfowitz is a key architect of the Iraq war whose hard-line foreign policy stance as deputy defense secretary has stirred criticism. I just cannot see that as a good choice.
    "As well as lacking any relevant experience, he is a deeply divisive figure who is unlikely to move the bank toward a more pro-poor agenda," said Patrick Watt, policy officer at British charity Action Aid.

    Dave Timms, spokesman for London-based World Development Network, called it a "terrifying appointment" that highlighted a lack of democracy in major lending institutions.
Wait Wait, there are more challenges! For this next one I take you to THE UNITED NATIONS! Bush’s nomination for Bolton as our United Nation ambassador will be another test against the intelligence of other nations, and there ability to cope with our insanity. New Zealand’s Brad Weiner says:
    Bolton, a founding member of the neo-con Project for The New American Century (PNAC), is a mad-dog unilateralist who wants the world to bow to U.S. demands now that America is the only remaining superpower. Bolton has said: "If I were doing the Security Council today, I'd have one permanent member [the United States] because that's the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world." Treaties and international laws are irrelevant, he believes, since they are attempts to constrict the justified use of American power around the globe.
Unfortunatly, there are more things. Lets do ‘em quick. We are creating a bigger wall around Mexico with the minutemen project, showing mexicans how we really feel about them. Let’s not forget about canada. In December Bush went to canada and suggested that Canadians who opposed the U.S. invasion don't think Iraq is ready for democracy. He shrugged off polls showing that Canadians increasingly feel alienated from the United States. That looks really good for the United States, Huh Bush.

My last example is a public opinion poll in Australia. The International Herald Tribune reports:
    U.S. foreign policy poses as big a threat to world peace as Islamic fundamentalism, while the rise of China is the last on a list of potential threats, according to a survey released Monday [March 28] of public opinion in Australia, one of Washington's closest allies in the Asia-Pacific.
    The war in Iraq appears to be one of the strongest points of disagreement Australians have with U.S. policy…
    …57 percent of Australians rated U.S. policy as a threat equal to Islamic fundamentalism.
I am going to stop at Australia for now, but do not be fooled, there are many more examples of what we are doing to alienate ourselves. I wonder which country will “win” by staying our allie for the longest.


Nathan said...

I couldn't agree with you more. There are a number of things that I find detestable about our recent administration, but I think this issue that you touch on (about us being very alone right now) is one of the worst.

This issue is in fact at the heart of many others as well. Not only does our administration not need allies across the world, but cares nothing for allies even here at home. Democrats are obviously the enemy, but they have also put this label on and acted towards people such as Paul O'Neill, Christine Whitman, Richard Clarke, Joesph Wilson and Valerie Plame in this manner. It is their easy demonization of people, countries and ideas that I find truly disturbing.

Nathan said...

a post of mine that I just found that relates somewhat to this topic.