From Abroad: American Political Parties Seem Alike

In an editorial appearing in the Korea Herald, the editor slams American politics as essentially having agreement among those running for the presidency as to future foreign policy. They all come across as favoring democracy, being against terrorism, wanting at least some American troops remaining in Iraq, promise to protect Israel against Iran or the Palestinians, and want peace. The editor comments: “The problem in American foreign policy is that an ideological orthodoxy has emerged within the intellectual and political community concerned with foreign relations, and this orthodoxy now is imposed upon everyone who wishes to shape national policy at the Washington political and media level. The important debate that takes place in America on Sunday mornings on television or in the national press, and in the Congress is really a knockabout vaudeville performance without serious content on both sides, in essential respects, they are on the same side. If you listen to it from abroad, it is unrecognizable because it is totally inwardly directed and does not touch external reality, as seen, felt, and suffered elsewhere.”

The editorial is written by William Pfaff, a noted political correspondent. He raises issues as to whether or not those running for the presidency have at all considered how what they say is interpreted elsewhere in the world. They talk for sound bites appearing on the six o’clock news or for a particular interest group. Perhaps, this explains the failure on the part of any candidate to articulate a new approach to foreign policy.

  • melwilde

    After the contests are over and the rhetoric is laid to rest, there is still the most awesome and yet simple question to answer.
    When the pundits have laid down thier pens, the talk show hosts are muted and the TV networks have gone, “click”.
    The only question will be;
    Who does America people want in the White House when Iran and Al Qi’eda get the bomb.The watch of the next President of the United States will face that horrific moment and it is in his or her hands that the fate of humankind rests

    So I plead with the American people, please choose carefully.

  • Fred Stopsky

    Of course, a President can work with other nations of the world to avoid such a scenario. I certainly would not want Bush or McCain in such an eventuality. You might study how John Kennedy peacefully handled an atomic bomb scenario in Cuba. Bush sure ain’t Kennedy!