Sunday, November 21, 2004
Voices from Jesusland
Foreign Policy: Rogue State Department
Newt Gingrich weighs in on the State Department's failure to stem the rising tide of Anti-Americanism around the globe and recommends that the US focus on better communication.
"Ultimately, a revamped and effective communication strategy is necessary because the United States should actively stand for and promote its values around the globe. Every person deserves safety, health, prosperity, and freedom. The United States supports the core values of constitutional liberty, the right to private property, free speech (including a free press), independent judiciaries, free markets, free elections, transparency and accountability in government, the equality of women and of opportunities for women, racial equality, and the free exercise of religious beliefs. Without these values, it is hard to imagine a world in which U.S. safety can be secured. We should not confuse respect for others with acceptance of their values if they violate these principles....
...Key to transforming the State Department�s culture is the adoption of the right vision�President Bush�s vision."
Three questions :
1.Shouldn't the US be actually trying to achieve all these fine ideals in its own society?
2.How much credibility does the US have in a world that is subject to US's actions, not words?
3.What exactly will you communicate nicely when you pick whom you're going to bomb next?
Note to Newt : please follow the advice of a great Republican from the past - "You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time."