The Change We REALLY Want?

by Joanne Landy
  1. To learn more about the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, visit the CPD website.
  2. This article will only take up a few of the key foreign policy issues the new administration will face. A fuller account would address American foreign policy toward Asia, Africa and Latin America in detail.
  3. “Petraeus, in Pakistan, Hears Complaints About Missile Strikes,” by Jane Perlez, New York Times, Nov. 3, 2008.
  4. Obama famously said about Afghanistan during his campaign, “We’ve got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there.”
  5. “Who’s in Charge?” by Ervand Abrahamian, review of Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran’sRadical Leader by Kasra Naji and The Road to Democracy in Iran by Akbar Ganji, London Review of Books, Oct. 29, 2008.
  6. We in the peace movement need to have a serious discussion about what we mean when we call for negotiations by the United States, not only with Iran but also with other countries. The Prussian military historian and theorist Carl von Clausewitz once said that war is the continuation of politics by other means. The reverse also applies, i.e. politics — and negotiations — can be war or intimidation by other means. We need to ask, then, what are the goals of our government (or any other government for that matter) as it enters into specific negotiations. Are they legitimate? Are they worthy of our support?
  7. See, for example “Shirin Ebadi: Don’t Attack Iran,” by Robert Dreyfuss in The Nation, April 29, 2008.
  8. For an account of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy’s work against the Czech radar, go to the CPD website.
  9. The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich, (New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2008) p.55.
  10. Bacevich, p. 116.