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UNITED STATES: Bush's (lack of a) Foreign Policy

Geoge Grayson ha sent me a long editorial he wrote for today's Newsday (4/1/01) in which he is sharply critical of Bush's foreign policy, which seems stuck in an East-West mode. Regarding Mexico, he says

"Arguably, what happens south of the Rio Grande affects Americans' well-being more than events in any other nation. Mexico, after Canada, is the United States'No. 1 partner, and it exports more than 1.4 million barrels of oil a day to Gulf Coast refineries. President Vicente Fox was ecstatic that Bush's first foreign visit would be to Mexico. But, even as the two chief executives talked frankly about human rights, guest workers and energy cooperation, the Pentagon was launching a "discretionary" raid on Iraqi air defenses. Mexican diplomats privately were furious at the timing, which stole Fox' thunder."

My comment: The world agrees with this criticism. Colin Powell, an officer who understands soldiers, is a dove in comparison with his business-oriented colleagues, some of whom have ties with the military-industrial complex.. Condy Rice's expertise goes back to the Cold War. We have mentioned the disagreement over climate policy. Nor does the world understand the Bush Near Eastern policy. When Sharon visited Washington, Colin Powell gave a pathetically submissive speech to an audience of powerful Jews, rejecting UN resolutions and calling on Arafat to be reasonable, while making no similar demand of Sharon. The US refused its allies' pleas to join a peaace observing force to the the Middle East, even as Sharon was subjecting the Palestinians to heavy shelling.

Ronald Hilton - 4/1/01