Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’
Copyright law apparently prohibits reproduction of this amazing graphic; I hope you’ll give it a glance anyway. Follow the link to scan Baghdad via Google Earth, with every lost Iraqi life – at least, those we know about – marked.
Lectures on the peril of emotional reasoning
Quick – name one military base of any other nation that camps on foreign soil. One. Just one.
It is scarcely conceivable, as his Guatemalan example illustrates. Yet our nation supports one hundred fifty such bases, at hundreds of millions of dollars per year, each.
Perhaps the answer to Maher’s question springs from something like this:
“We have about 50 percent of the world’s wealth, but only about 6.3 percent of its population … our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity.” – George Kennan, 1948 (architect of much Cold War U.S. foreign policy)
Does that sound like a force for good?
And a few things that just might.
“You can’t bomb knowledge,” said Robert Litwak, Director of the Division of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars […]
[B]ombing … Iran’s nuclear sites will not deter future technological developments […]
US military action … would only trigger major responses worldwide, … a worsening of the fragile state of Iraq and “a rally around the flag effect in Iran.”
Washington will need to recognize that “what is politically serious in Washington is politically insignificant in Tehran.” What the US has previously viewed as a big step toward normalization, such as allowing the importation of pistachios and carpets, has little weight in Iran […]
Pres. Obama and other political figures have not recognized the need to use sensitive language when dealing with Iran. Iran has expressed its disdain for phrases such as “carrots and sticks,” that the US has repeatedly used […] [T]his mistranslates to say that the US plans to deal with Iran as a donkey, either reward it with carrots or beat it into submission. “This will backfire on us,” … stated Robin Wright, journalist, author and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Clipped from niacouncil.org