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“Yeehaw!!!” Is Not a Foreign Policy


In case you were wondering, Cowboy Diplomacy is back, says Robin Wright in the WaPo.  Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the bunker. 

And what does Froomkin have to say about that?

President Bush’s "moment of opportunity" in the Middle East is increasingly looking like an opportunity for disaster.

Bush’s official position is that some blood-spilling in the Middle East is worth it in pursuit of the region’s positive transformation….

In the best of circumstances, Bush would be running the risk of being considered callous. But in the current circumstances, he runs the risk of being considered both callous and delusional.

By almost no stretch of the imagination is the current conflict strengthening Bush’s hand or advancing democracy. Rather, it appears to be emboldening Bush’s enemies.

It’s increasingly accepted wisdom in Washington that what’s going on in the Middle East right now is a "proxy war" between the U.S. and Iran. But even through that lens, the U.S. appears to be losing….

Peter Baker writes in the Washington Post that Haass "laughed at the president’s public optimism. ‘An opportunity?’ Haass said with an incredulous tone. ‘Lord, spare me. I don’t laugh a lot. That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time. If this is an opportunity, what’s Iraq? A once-in-a-lifetime chance?’ "

Go. Read all of Froomkin’s White House Briefing today.  And tell me that we shouldn’t rename the whole mess "the war to create more terrorists." 

Great.  Just great.

The Democratic leadership in the House and the Senate sent President Bush a letter telling him that things are not working in Iraq — and that staying the course is an idiotic policy, as a result of his failures.  It purports to speak for Democrats in both houses of Congress but, to be certain, I think an enterprising journalist ought to ask Joe Lieberman straight out if he’d going to side with the Republican caucus on this one, just to be sure.

(As penance for posting something this irritating, I give you the trailer from Spirited Away, my favorite Hiyao Miyazake anime.  And also, this fantastic link to a piece that Howie did on CSNY.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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