June 13, 2008
In the past, foreign policy has always been seen as an extension of domestic policy. Today, however, the distinction is becoming blurred. The main domestic challenges facing society are also global: climate change, terrorism, drugs, energy security.
One day’s exposure to television in Washington is enough to show how ill-equipped Americans are for foreign policy, apart from a relatively small number of experts. The hotel offered no foreign TV station. International news is minimal.
In the Obama-Clinton battle, China, Iran, even Iraq, were not central to the campaigning. Only Israel was, because of the special influence of the Jewish lobby.
And there are no signs of any increasing interest in foreign policy.Author : Stanley Crossick