Clinton, yesterday at George Washington University, in a major address featuring foreign policy , criticized Barack Obama, "for advocating rash, unilateral military action without the cooperation of our allies in the most sensitive part of the world."
II thought it might be interesting to see how their foreign policy teams stack up..since Hillary is always exhorting people to look at their records and implicitly those of the advisors they have chosen for their foreign policy teams, some of whom, will likely hold high positions in any new Dem administration.
First, Senator Clinton's team which are basically Bill Clinton's senior ,often hawkish, foreign policy hands cobbled together. This is a change we can believe in. Of course, Hillary in her years as first lady in White House and in the Senate was well known for her 'advocacy of military action in the most sensitive part of the world- Iraq' -the most notable example of her instinct to fight aggressively. From Alternet, Guy Saperstein, a past president of the Sierra Club Foundation is unsympathetic to Hillary's dilemma.
The problem of Clinton's poor instincts on foreign policy is compounded by the hawkish foreign policy advisors she has surrounded herself with, the most important of which are Madeleine Albright, Richard Holbrooke, Lee Feinstein and Sandy Berger. Former Secretary of State Albright is the person of whom Colin Powell's chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, once said, "She never met a military option she didn't like. When I worked at Defense, she used to scare us." When Colin Powell urged the new Clinton administration not to bomb Bosnia too hastily, she countered, "What's the use of having his superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?" "I thought I would have an aneurysm," Powell would later write.
Perhaps an even more problematic member of the Clinton foreign policy team is Richard Holbrooke, who Clinton insiders say would be the most likely secretary of state in a new Clinton administration. Holbrooke certainly is not short on foreign policy experience, having been an assistant secretary of state for East Asia and ambassador to the United Nations, but his track record should cause all progressives concern. Holbrooke, described by pundits as, "The raging bull of U.S. diplomacy," cultivated and supported Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, supported Indonesia during its brutal occupation of East Timor and backed the generals behind the Kwangyi massacre in South Korea. He supported Bill Clinton's signing a bill calling for "regime change" in Iraq .in Iraq -- the predicate for the Bush/Cheney led invasion..
That's the wisdom of the 'experience' team...Now let's look at the record of the "rash, unilateral military action " foreign policy team of Obama and their records... on Iraq. Again, Guy Saperstein:
While nearly all of Clinton's stable of foreign policy advisors were strong supporters of Bush's invasion of Iraq, almost every one of Obama's foreign policy team opposed the U.S. invasion. Obama advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's national security advisor, warned that the international community would consider invasion of a nation that posed no threat to the United States to be an illegal act of aggression.
For those voters who want American foreign policy to continue to trend in the direction of muscularity and intervention, they have their candidate -- Hillary Clinton. For those who want change in American foreign policy, who think American militarism and interventionism need to be scaled back, Obama, and his foreign policy advisors, appear ready to begin those changes.
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