Glenn Reynolds has a brilliant evisceration of Kerry’s foreign policy proposals at MSNBC that lays bare the contradictions and the fallacies around Kerry’s foreign policy. Kerry’s rhetoric about the “global test” and his insults to our allies in Iraq contradict his rhetoric about respecting our allies.
I think the central thrust of Kerry’s foreign policy is simply the wrong concept to begin with. The American people don’t give a good goddamn about France or getting along with our erstwhile “allies.” France is about as popular as foot fungus in this country right now, and for good reason. Given that the UN consists of a bunch of arrogant bureaucrats who were taking money from Saddam Hussein under the table while lecturing the world on international morality, a strategy that says that America should bend over backwards to apply lips to derriere just doesn’t have much appeal. Kerry’s rhetoric about hunting down and killing terrorists is more effective, but so few people buy it and Kerry’s own record contradicts it, making it largely a moot point.
If one were to actually think logically about Kerry’s foreign policy proposals, they simply don’t make sense. This war is wrong and a disaster, but Kerry will somehow talk other nations into throwing themselves into it just because. Bush’s plan is overtly optimistic, but Kerry can magically train thousands of Iraqi troops post haste and double the number of US Special Force. (Ignoring the concept that training troops takes time and the reason our Special Forces are the best in the world is because we wash out 80% of those who apply.) According to Kerry unilateralism is bad in Iraq, but necessary in North Korea. Bush was wrong for not giving troops body armor when Kerry and Edwards voted against it themselves. We should use preemption, but we have to pass a “global test” first – which begs the question, what if we fail that global test?
Clearly Kerry’s foreign policy has more holes than Swiss cheese. Fortunately, his arguments don’t appear to be pursuading too many people. Bush’s numbers on homeland security and terrorism as well as Iraq remain high. All the sophistry in the world cannot disguise the fact that the intellectual basis for such policies is as vacous as Britney Spears.