Foreign Policy Myths Debunked

The Iraq War is a testament to the great damage a foreign policy based on myths, lies and distortions can do to our nation's security and well-being. As the election draws near, a new set of myths and fallacies as misleading as those that led the Senate to support George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq have become embedded in our foreign policy discourse. Many of them are being perpetuated by the very same political forces that peddled the myth of mushroom ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Chris Finnie - Sep 19, 2008 - 10:34 AM PDT
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James Canning
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by James Canning - Oct. 1, 2008

Outstanding roundup of ten foreign policy myths or apparent myths that pose dangers to the national interests of the US if they are relied upon for policy in the next administration. Despite the constant Republican fear-mongering, the world is nowhere near as dangerous a place as it was in 1960, or in the early 1980s. The "surge" is not responsible for much of the reduced violence in Iraq (I personally think it was a strategic blunder because it meant the US did not engage with Iran and Syria). A large increase in US forces in Afghanistan would be a mistake, and Iran is not the great problem in the Middle East it is made out to be. In fact, Iran tried to re-establish normal relations with the US, and offered de facto acceptance ... More »

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Jim Caruso
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by Jim Caruso - Oct. 1, 2008

My favorite is the last myth, claiming the world needs US leadership. The article's insightful observation is that the world needs contructive US participation as a great power, while sharing leadership with diverse stakeholders.

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Chris Finnie
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by Chris Finnie - Oct. 1, 2008

A lengthy, but extremely thorough exploration of some of the beliefs that have informed U.S. foreign policy over the past 8 years--and how they could continue into a new administration. While most reached their fullest expression under the Bush administration, they are not without Democratic supporters--as the piece makes clear. A very interesting piece that will add depth to most anyone's understanding of the basis for some otherwise impenetrable policy decisions.

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Oct. 1, 2008

Very good article about some common assumptions. This piece even though I initially questioned it, has me reconsidering my support for an expansion of forces in Afghanistan.

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