janan.ganesh@ft.com on ‘The Washington Consensus’. Political Observer comments

Headline:Washington’s consensus is dangerously interventionist

Sub-headline: The US does not have the resources to direct the destinies of faraway nations

American Foreign Policy Arrogance and Interventionism began with the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, proclaiming that the whole of the Western Hemisphere, was its ‘Sphere of Influence’: a term now discarded by the Think Tank Foreign Policy Pseudo- Scientists or better yet Metaphysicians.

The American National Security State swallowed whole the Republic, with the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As the American Empire, and its Marshal Plan and NATO, made Europe and its economic/political rehabilitation the cornerstone of its Cold War, against one time ally The Soviet Union and its Monster-In-Chief Stalin.

Kudos to Mr. Ganesh for the mention of Eisenhower’s 1961 speech, but the nagging question remains, why would any reader, especially an American older than sixty, accept the political observations of a greenhorn like Mr. Ganesh? When their historical memory is a more reliable source of that pertinent history. And the politics of the present, refracted through these insights, that combination of history and memory offers an internal ‘compass’ more reliable that the comments of a journeyman.

Political Observer

https://www.ft.com/content/2f399b8c-2938-11e9-88a4-c32129756dd8

 

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