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Nov 30, 2006

Ethical Realism and Islamofacism

Authors Urge 'Ethical Realism' in Foreign Policy (NPR, by John Ydstie)

Explosive violence in Iraq and Afghanistan has generated intense discussion about U.S. foreign policy. In a new book, two scholars say America's strategy in emerging democracies and elsewhere is flawed because it's based on idealism and moral imperatives.

"That doesn't mean that we don't see the United States as a force for good in the world," says John Hulsman, co-author with Anatol Lieven of Ethical Realism. "That doesn't mean we don't see the United States as anything less than the first among equals for the foreseeable future. It does mean it's imperative you work with allies. And it's important to have humility at the basis of what you do because that leads to prudence and that leads to a foreign policy that's sustainable in the long run."

This seesm to me to be a relatively straightforward analysis that is nto very dogmatic and has a great point to it. They call for an Iraqi partition, which doesn't seem very realistic to me.

Moving on ...

Why 'Islamofascism' May Create New U.S. Enemies (NPR's Guy Raz)

I think the word was clearly a political ploy to get people to associate these guys with Nazis. And that's just silly.

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