Friday, November 13, 2009

Waiting for Obama

“Who would have thought a year ago that most of the issues of conflict in America’s foreign relations would be made worse during the first year following Barack Obama’s election as U.S. president?” said William Pfaff. “Even those disputes or differences that were appeased or quiet a year ago are now worse.”

As examples of relationships that had gone sour, Pfaff cited our relationships with Iraq, China, Japan, Israel, Palestine, and Latin America. He also criticized our policy in Afghanistan.

“This policy rests upon the monumental assumption that victory can be found in a military campaign meant to alter the character of Central Asian political and religious society so as to remake it in the American image,” said Pfaff.

Pfaff is an American journalist who spent a lot of time in Europe. My government wants me to believe that Pfaff has adopted the European perspective on how the world should work. If this is true, then this article might be part of the New Diplomacy and this last quote by Pfaff might be Europe’s way of telling America that she will not allow America to gain control of Afghanistan.

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