American’s on Foriegn Policy

September 17, 2005 at 8:31 am 2 comments

“The U.S. is only concerned with its own interests and disregards the interests of other countries.” Is the accusation justified?

At one point I subscribed to the Foriegn Policy journal, but haven’t heard anything from them in years. Anyway, 3 quarks Daily (which is a fairly essential read) posted a link to this article on America’s views towards Foriegn Policy as collected by the Foriegn Policy Journal. The major issues:

1.Iraq

2. Terrorism

3. Negative impressions of the U.S. abroad (which I can confirm are running so high it’s almost unbelievable).

with Immigration and jobs (i.e. protectionist policies to keep outsourcing away
such as what Japan and South Korea have) coming in the top ten somewhere. As 3 Quark’s notes
most Americans do view the u.s. as trying for altruisism:

Currently half the public is dissatisfied with America’s current global position – 49% said there were “too many things worrying and disappointing” them about relations with the rest of the world, compared to 40% who said the U.S. is “generally doing the right things.” And while people are generally dissatisfied with our position they also give failing grades to many of the specifics of our foreign policy.

I can think of few discussions that would be more worthwhile for Americans and the world to engage in more than what can be done to mend what is wrong with the world, both including American harm and that inflicted by others.

peace,
a

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  • 1. wyneken  |  September 18, 2005 at 4:15 am

    The key word here would be “discuss.” The Bush admin (like its supporters in the blogosphere) has shown absolutely zero interest in hearing what anybody else has to say. These guys came into office flatly declaring, for instance, that the Kyoto process was “dead,” despite years of good-faith negotiations involving more than 100 nations — including the U.S. under the previous administration. Since then, on issues ranging from Iraq to family planning to the Geneva Convention to the fight against poverty and genocide, the U.S. team has flatly refused to listen to points of view different than those of its political base, which is a weird alliance of right-wing Christian fundamentalists, radical anti-government neo-conservatives, and amoral corporate goons in the Cheney mold.

    It speaks volumes that, even after several years of foreign policy failure, including a growing alienation among traditional American allies, the White House has appointed to the sensitive post of UN ambassador a guy who once proudly declared that the UN is an absolutely useless organization, except when it might be used to further US interests.

    If you think you can “discuss” anything with these guys, just ask the 50 percent of the American people who voted against Bush twice, and whose views and interests have been completely scorned for almost five years now. And those are AMERICANS, potential voters. Imagine the scorn — or rather, the utter indifference — with which the Bushies regard the views and interests of a bunch of damned foreigners.

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  • 2. ALJ  |  September 19, 2005 at 12:18 am

    “The Bush admin (like its supporters in the blogosphere) has shown absolutely zero interest in hearing what anybody else has to say.”

    my point exactly, they aren’t listening to anybody. it kinda scares me that halliburton is re-building new orleans. i can only imagine the povery that will produce.

    peace,
    a

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