Thursday, February 17, 2005

My Head Is Spinning

Thomas P. M. Barnett - the geopolitical genius who wrote The Pentagon's New Map - just had a piece posted on Esquire, Dear Mr. President, Here's How to......Make Sense of Your Second Term, Secure Your Legacy, and, oh yeah, Create a Future Worth Living. In it, he advocates letting Iran have their nukes and withdrawing the security guarantee from Taiwan, and then presents several options for dealing with North Korea. And you know what? It makes sense. Why is this man not the Secretary of State?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I know, it might seem insane to Israel (especially the Likud party), but mutually assured destruction really works and, frankly, Mr. President, now's the time to use some of that political capital you've built up with Ariel Sharon."

Good luck, Mr. Bush.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason why Barnett isn't SoS is because he's a realist, not a neo-con, bent on world domination... Have you not noticed that the Esquire article heavily blames George Bush for the mess in Iraq??? George W. Bush doesn't like people that don't agree with him, and Barnett speaks his mind.

Side note: Have you actually read Pentagon's New Map? I'm impressed because it's an incredible book and I'm glad people read it. At the time I was reading it myself, I almost turned pro-war in Iraq. (the position Barnett had at the time, too.) However, I also read Chalmers Johnson's new book at the same time, which puts forth an equally persuasive counter-argument that kept my opinions where they had been before.

(And yes, that's real balance folks. Not the Fox News kind.)

BLAHBOY

9:35 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Sadly, I haven't read TPNM, at least not the whole thing. I bought it for my brother about a week before Christmas, and had time only to give it a fairly cursory once-over. Liked what I read, though.

From what I've read (not just TPNM, but also in articles and on his blog) Barnett is still in favor of the Iraq war; he just thinks they could be handling the peace better. I agree. I would not say, however, that they've made a complete pig's breakfast of the situation: most of the country is relatively calm, and they did just hold very successful elections. Whether or not things could be better now, they are certainly better than they were two years ago, or ten years ago, or twenty years ago, for a majority of Iraqis if not for the Sunnis.

8:41 AM  

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