Thursday, September 18, 2003

Foreign Policy: Crisis Micro-Management

Chess king Gary Kasparov has some sharp words on US foreign policy in a WSJ essay analyzing US relations with Russia:

Instead of offering us a new vision of global development, on the scale of Winston Churchill's historic 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech, the current administration has reduced its foreign policy to a vehicle of crisis micro-management.
Kasparov hit it right on the head. The US lacks a clear, coherent strategic vision, and the willingness to fight for that vision if necessary. Iran and North Korea are much greater threats to US security than Iraq, yet the administration seems unwilling to aggressively face down on either regime.

It dosen’t get better. Kasparov continues:

President Putin was quick to phone George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks. But as the Bush administration built its case for war against Iraq, he preferred the company of Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schroder, not to mention the business of Saddam Hussein. Meanwhile, Russia continues to supply Iran with nuclear technology and has done next to nothing to thwart the North Koreans' pursuit of Russian technology to advance their intercontinental-ballistic-missile program.

Indeed, President Putin has been playing a clever game of reaping benefits from both sides of every major international crisis. While the Russian Foreign Ministry kindly offers the U.S. its mediating services, Russia's military and security wings work behind the scenes to bolster rogue regimes, thus adding value to Mr. Putin's bargaining chips at the geopolitical table.
Helping our enemies ought to come with a price. It’s high time the Bush Administration find some courage--and a policy to match.

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