Published on Friday, February 19, 2010 by The Guardian/UK
How Wars Are Made
In a visit to
Second, it is tough for anyone – especially in the region – to believe that the
So what is the purpose of a speech like this? The most obvious conclusion is that it is to promote conflict, and to convince Americans that
President Bush picked up where President Clinton left off; and President Clinton publicly supported his campaign for the war . So did Hillary, and she defended her decision in 2008 even as it looked like it might cost her the presidency.
President Obama is unlikely to start a war with
The public relations campaign is working. A new
The Obama team's messaging is not nearly so successful with regard to the issues that the vast majority of the electorate will base their votes on in this year's elections: the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that 53% disapprove of his handling of the economy .
For the immediate future, foreign policy concerns will likely rank low, far behind the economy, for the electorate. But the Obama team's foreign policy will hurt Democrats in the future. If I believed what Hillary Clinton and the Democratic leadership are telling me, I would have to consider voting Republican. If it's really true that all these people just want to kill us for no reason; that it has nothing to do with our foreign policy or wars; that we can effectively reduce terrorism by bombing and occupying Muslim countries; and that terrorism is the country's most urgent security threat – then why not vote for the party that looks tougher? This will inevitably come back to haunt the Democratic party, as it did in the 2002 and 2004 elections.
The difference, over 10 years, is more than four times the ten-year cost of proposed healthcare reform.
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Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research  (CEPR), in
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs