Tuesday :: Feb 19, 2008

Beyond Myopia

by Turkana

Despite evidence that the election was being stolen, even before the first vote was cast, Pakistan has repudiated President Pervez Musharraf, and the party of the assassinated Benazir Bhutto may soon form a government. In Cuba, Fidel Castro is stepping down, although he will likely be replaced by his brother, and little can be expected in the way of immediate policy changes. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, gaining immediate recognition from the U.S. and some of its allies, while dividing Europe and angering Russia, with local tensions already simmering.

Although he's disappointed with the Democratic candidates' initial statements about Castro, dday asks:

Are we going to stick with a foreign policy of the neoconservative consensus, with bullying and unilateralism and warmongering, are we going to attempt to better our position in the world through cooperation and mutual support.

And his point is also underscored by the latest news out of Kenya: mediation efforts by Kofi Annan seemed on the verge of attaining a peace agreement, but after Condoleezza Rice interjected her strong opinion, and perhaps only coincidentally, Kenyan President Mwai Kibeki toughened his stand, creating yet another roadblock to peace. But with John McCain now openly embracing the legacy of Bush, is it not now time for Democrats to start running with that theme?

With so many tensions in the world, and so much potential for radical breakthroughs that could create a much more peaceful future, don't we desperately need a clean and dramatic break from the disastrous ideology and incompetence of the Bush Administration? Neither Democratic candidate is close to being perfect, but both offer exactly such a break. And the world would be thrilled to have a United States that is diplomatically engaged.

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