Dean on the Bush Doctrine
Like Howard Dean, I wonder how candidate Bush, who railed against nation building and promised a humbler America, could stray so far. In this op-ed
, Dean says:
Theirs is a radical view of our role in the world. The President who campaigned on a platform of a humble foreign policy has instead begun implementing a foreign policy characterized by dominance, arrogance and intimidation. The tidal wave of support and goodwill that engulfed us after the tragedy of 9/11 has dried up and been replaced by undercurrents of distrust, skepticism and hostility by many who had been among our closest allies.
I don't think our Administration really understands how much we Americans depend on the rest of the world. It's easy to think that they need us more than we need them, and then, think that a boycott or some other punishment with teach them a lesson. Tonight I watched O'Reilly call for a boycott of France, China, Russia, Mexico and Canada. I guess we don't want the $200+ billion they buy from us anymore. It's ironic, because Baba went nuts when he heard about the Rush boycotts
, which have no repercussions. It's just naive to think you can boycott half the world and think you won't be affected by it. Dean's views evoke those of Bill Clinton who said:
If you got an interdependent world, and you cannot kill, jail or occupy all your adversaries, sooner or later you have to make a deal.
I sincerely hope that the administration hears this message and reengages the rest of the world.