The problem with American foreign policy goes beyond George Bush. It includes a Washington establishment that has gotten comfortable with the exercise of American hegemony and treats compromise as treason and negotiations as appeasement. Other countries can have no legitimate interests of their own. The only way to deal with them is by issuing a series of maximalist demands. This is not foreign policy; it's imperial policy. And it isn't likely to work in today's world.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Fareed Zakaria's column about objections to the mild changes of course Barack Obama has made to American foreign policy was an effective reminder about how fundamentally conservative (as in resistant to change) the nation's foreign policy establishment truly is. I know this is a point that liberal bloggers have been making for years, but it's something that can't be repeated enough. I cede the floor to Zakaria: