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Stanford versus Harvard?




The interest of WAIS in the forthcoming U.S. presidential elections concerns foreign relations. Is it Stanford versus Harvard? Here is an impartial, non-partisan Mugwump opinion:

A WAIS memo, applauded by several WAISers, described the ties of Hoover Institution members with Governor Bush of Texas. It asked several questions about Bush policies toward Latin America. There was no response from the Hooverites in question. Perhaps they had not thought about the matter, perhaps the Bush plank is still being sawed.

Some leftist Stanford faculty members have denonced the Hoover-Bush link. I have not seen any similar denunciation of Al Gore's numerous ties with Harvard, especially its Kennedy School of Government. He himself was on the Harvard Board of Overseers.

Jews are numerous among Harvard faculty and students, and, despite Republican efforts, Jews are still heavily Democratic. Gore's advisers on foreign affairs are Leon Furth and Richard Holbrooke. The Democratic foreign policy would continue to be pro-Israel, although some American Jews are disillusioned with Israeli politics. The Muslim, especially the Arab world would continue to be resentful. My urgings for U.S. ties with Khatami's Iraq, which seeks openings with the West, would go unheeded. Democrats are, however, becoming aware of the growing role of Muslims in U.S. politics.

U.S. ties with black Africa would remain "good" (?). Many Democratic leaders favor debt forgiveness, which Mugwumps oppose. Why should Western countries give such help to countries whose leaders, like theose of Nigeria and the Congo, haver plunderd their wealth? Much more urgent is to put a stop to money laundering and to support the U.N.body entrusted with this task. This would involve more transparency in international financial transactions, and the Republican attitude toward that is mixed.

Latin Americans, and especially Mexicans, dislike Republicans like former California governor Wilson. Bill Richardson, who is a Western Hispanic, would enhance the U.S. image especially in Mexico, offsetting whatever appeal Bush has among the Mexicans of Texas. The Democratic administration regards the Cuban lobby almost as a lost cause; the ballgames between Castro's Cuba and the Batimore Orioles were calculated to improve relations with the less embittered Cuban Americans.

In general, a Gore presidency would be more "helpful" toward the developing world. He was the driving force in the Kyoto and Buenos Aires conferences on global warming; their recommendations infuriated most Republicans. Relations with China would be less generous in a Republican Administration.

There is much less enthusiasm for the U.N. and even for NATO among Republicans than among Democrats. The Repblicans should emulate the early Herbert Hoover.

Ronald Hilton - 03/30/99


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