Monday, November 2, 2009

Idiot Twins: Bush and Obama

David Goldman writes for the Asia Times of Hong Kong under the nom de plume of Spengler. He writes long, thoughtful, hard-edged articles about foreign policy. This one is entitled "The Idiot Twins of American Idealism" and his twins are George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama. Here he explains his title:
It was mad to believe that America could remake the world in its own image. (snip) It is even madder to turn foreign policy into an affirmative action program for disadvantaged cultures. But those are the idiot twins of American idealism: either one size fits all, or size doesn't matter.
His analysis of American foreign policy is amazing:
In the parlance of American foreign policy, "realism" means accepting a howling lie if it is accepted by a large enough number of people.
Check out his view of U.S. policy vis-a-vis Saudi Arabia:
The Saudis will sell us the oil; we do not need to wash their feet in return.
Spengler sees China and India as potential allies, Russia as an opponent, and of Iran he says:
Preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons (snip) probably is the one instance in the world where American interest requires the use of force.
Believe it or not, I've only given you highlights of this article. You owe it to yourself to read the whole thing.