July 25, 2021

Schoolyard diplomacy

The Bush administration’s approach, that you can’t be held responsible – you can’t fail if you don’t try – may seem to some sound political logic, but to others a guarantee of ultimate failure.

Bush’s questionable policy toward North Korea, Iran, Syria and, of course, Iraq under Hussein, keeping a safe distance while fanning the flames of conflict might best be described as schoolyard diplomacy.

The White House claim that Clinton’s engagement policy didn’t work seems self-damning since it’s been during Bush’s watch and since this “axis of evil” statement that North Korea and Iran have accelerated their nuclear goals.

We don’t need more enemies, but the Bush tendency toward divisiveness – carried out here at home, and more dangerously on the global stage – only serves to bring latent conflict to the boiling point.

Are we willing to see that dangerous policy carried to its disastrous conclusion? A world divided by conflict? A future without peace?

Gordon Hammond


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