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  •  How about articulating a clear alternative? (3+ / 0-)
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    Warren Terrer, DBunn, Heterodoxie

    Rather than merely running against PNAC and/or the Bush Administration, shouldn't an opposition party offer a clear foreign policy alternative?  

    The problem the Democrats face is that between the deep commitment of many Dems to militarist foreign policy and the fears of many others that any opposition to militarism will be seen as a sign of weakness, the party is essentially incapable of projecting a clear, alternative vision of America's place in the world.

    First they came for the human-animal hybrids...

    by GreenSooner on Mon May 29, 2006 at 07:54:29 AM PDT

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    •  Alternative: (3+ / 0-)
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      bablhous, bluewolverine, Heterodoxie

      Reject the "long war" thinking. Currently the Quadrennial Defense Review is driving foreign policy, and it built on the "long war" thinking of PNAC. That is very dangerous.

      The QDR, which determines this country's "strategic framework" must be revised to reflect a new US posture. We need a strategic framework not built on threats, and the eventual (so PNAC supposes) long war ending in China. We need a foreign policy built on economic cooperation, and geared toward world peace. That is directly the opposite of the aims of the current QDR.

      It should come as no surprise that the QDR economically benefits the fat cats of the MIC. They want more bases, and what they sell guarentees a more aggresive U.S.

      Note: Unless you have someone in office who can stand in the bully pulpit and convince America that this posture makes us less safe, unless you have a president unfraid and willing to knock on the Pentagon door, our foreign policy will remain the same. That is not Hillary Clinton. And there's plenty of other names often mentioned as our favorites who would have the political capital to make that move.

      Link to the QDR~warning, this is to the Defense Dept.

    •  Right you are (3+ / 0-)
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      bablhous, bluewolverine, Heterodoxie

      Articulating a clear alternative is indeed the task, and one that will not be accomplished in a day.

      I sometimes think of this site as being like a swarm of ants moving grains of sand around in a seemingly random way. But over time a coherent alternative narrative begins to emerge.  Establishing that alternative narrative in the minds of body politic is a prerequisite to substantive change in national policy.  Electing even the most enlightened progressive leader will not accomplish much until the alternative narrative is widely understood.

      Until then, in the international arena, we can absolutely expect the Dems to behave substantially like the Republicans.  Surely they will be more subtle, more sophisticated, employing diplomacy and alliances in preference to unilateral military adventurism, but still working in the cause of capitalism, imperialism, militarism, and American supremacy.

      It is critically important to understand the essential ways in which this century is different from the last 500 years.  That has to be the start point in constructing the alternative narrative we so urgently need.

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