Posted by: Tony Carson | 7 October, 2007

The lost ‘humble’ US foreign policy and the swagger of Blackwater

Not so long ago, the United States was a master in the use of soft power and the light touch: food for famine victims, medicine for sick children, visas for foreign students, radio broadcasts about the wonders of our country, diplomatic missions to beg, cajole and threaten wayward countries back into line.

As Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli has noted, the U.S. Agency for International Development employed about 15,000 people during the Vietnam era. Today, it has about 3,000. Now we use our billions, instead, to hire mercenaries.

It’s no wonder the rest of the world doesn’t hold us in such high regard anymore.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker has her usual deft touch in a column entitled ‘HUMBLE’ FOREIGN POLICY LOST IN MIDST OF BLACKWATER SWAGGER


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