June 25, 2008

BACKWARDS MAN:

Away from the Cold War (Greg Sheridan, June 26, 2008, The Australian)

KIM Beazley, always an astute observer of American politics, makes a fascinating observation about US presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Obama, Beazley points out, is the first post-Cold War man to run for the presidency of the US. [...]

The great Cold War questions were things such as how does the US maintain its geo-strategic influence in key regions of the world; what is the interaction between US military posture and other nations' economic development; how do you keep allies in line with grand Western coalition policy; what is the underlying global balance of power equation; how do you manage the emergence of great powers; how do you balance one power against another; when is it worth embarking on a counterinsurgency campaign and when should the US just stand back from a situation? [...]

[I]n due course, naturally, all US political leaders will be people whose minds were not formed in the Cold War. But I do think Beazley's generational insight is acute. Obama is the first of a new breed.


Huh? Senator Obama says he'd not have sought to liberalize the Middle East because Canadian, German and French socialists objected. Meanwhile, W not only ignored Europe -- to the point where electorates in all those states had to change their regimes just to get his attention -- but has shifted our geo-political focus to places like Israel, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Libya, etc. and intervened in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Liberia, etc.. If anything, Obama is a retrograde figure who doesn't grasp the Revolution that W has effected in erecting an Axis of Good that surrounds the Middle East and China and works to liberalize every nation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2008 12:22 PM

And next: An analysis from "The Mouse That Roared". I can't help loving those Ausies though.

If anyone needs to be concerned about China's future ... it should be the Russians.

Posted by: Genecis at June 26, 2008 4:14 PM
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