Comments on: We need an economics-based foreign policy Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: gramps Mon, 06 Dec 2010 15:43:55 +0000 No. Basing national policy based on economics and “getting and spending” fails. Other commentators to this piece tell it.

By: Logical123 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 15:05:22 +0000 The single biggest change needed in US foreign policy is to start to tell the truth. The US continues to lie and to misrepresent facts. It lies about Iran continuously. It has been known for years that Iran’s nuclear program is completely peaceful, yet the US constantly claims that Iran has the “intention” to build nuclear weapons. It is foreign policy based on the crystal ball. The US also claims that it is an impartial arbiter between Israel and the Palestinians when everyone known that the US is subservient to Israel. There is no hope for progress until the US starts to tell the truth.

One more change that would be useful would be to stop completely the use of sanctions as a tool of foreign policy. Fifty years of sanctions against have created only misery for the people of Cuba and billions of lost revenues for American businesses. Sanctions against Iran have been totally useless since Iran has plenty of resources and an educated population. The main results have been the strengthening of the Iranian industrial base and again billions of losses for American businesses.

By: doctorjay317 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 04:32:50 +0000 @Adam Smith

I agree with you.

But you would be very lucky to be labeled as unpatriotic, soft, cowardly.

What happened to JFK when he tried to pull out of Vietnam?

It was like shutting down a giant gold mine for all those involved.

By: Butch_from_PA Sun, 05 Dec 2010 02:04:53 +0000 The US has never been the world’s policeman. They were and are simple opportunists and had the advantage of being bullies for awhile when the world was not connected.

Now that the USA is far overstretched military wise – it’s home front is decaying very fast with debt.

Ego and ignorance will continue to drive foreign policy with the false understanding the USA will be the big player for the next 100 years.

There is no real super power anymore. The connected world allows mega corps to manipulate and drive economies to their advantage.

It will take awhile, however some groups will arise and fight the new imperialism. Thank God for hackers, torrents and WikiLeaks that are undermining the new imperialism economy that is already global.

By: Dr.Tubarc Sun, 05 Dec 2010 01:31:54 +0000 The economy can be saved by a simple equation in the same principles that Antoine Lavoisier created Modern Chemistry erasing Phlogiston for good:

Investment = Investment + Profit

Investors are supposed to get their money back plus something else that the production can reward them and not speculation that is based on missing trust that let greed/fears mars simple basic laws of offer/demand.

Americans need to learn to protect simple principles of human existence adopting healthy lifestyles with appropriate food and fitness;

Body weight = input – output

Respecting science is very important at USPTO avoiding inventions be reinvented.

By: Tannehof Sat, 04 Dec 2010 23:59:16 +0000 Dear Chrystia Freeland
Your article so clearly demonstrates that you have an insightful background .. it is the CORRECT AND ADEQUATE REACTION to all what occurs right now … for the USA …
… so very well highlighted by the extreemely NECCESARY WIKILEAKS … Necesary as a WAKE-UP CALL for all that and those who represent anything positive in the United States of America … to take on all those cynical , useless individuals ,organistaions and politicians in high POWER within the USA who out of egoistic motives threaten to lead the USA into oblivion … It is my sincere HOPE … that there still are capable people in the USA who can look through the charades and DISINFORMATION as well as recognize the reckless misuse of power in persecution of institutions who point out a much needed truth for the people to see.. and as You and I know .. that is the real reason for the anger of the rascals.. they dont give a damn about the external relations.. what they are scared about .. is for their electorate to realize .. WHICH KIND OF DESPICABLE TYPES THEY HAVE EMPOWERED ..BY THEIR VOTE

By: AdamSmith Sat, 04 Dec 2010 23:04:22 +0000 The American military-industrial complex is comprised of corporations of all shapes and sizes, in intimate contact with military officers of all levels, in Army, Navy, and Air Force.

The careers of 100,000 military officers advance most quickly in wartime. What person doesn’t care about his career?

The careers of typical corporate officers ascend mightily on securing even a single military contract. The profits come roaring in like a gusher.

The coolest thing about it is that any citizen who questions it is automatically labeled as unpatriotic, soft, cowardly.

The military-industrial complex is a giant squid, fastened onto the face of America.

Or am I missing something?

By: txgadfly Sat, 04 Dec 2010 22:56:37 +0000 Yes, we need a new foreign policy. And we need a new domestic policy. We need to put the interests of ALL of the American people first, and the interests of tiny special interest groups last. Bot abroad and at home.

We need whatever Government we have to be answerable to the people. That means free and open elections with candidates with significantly different ideas. And that means election reform, outlawing gerrymandered political districts and the failed, so-called “two party” system. Also outlawing donations to more than a single candidate in any election. Freedom of speech and freedom to choose do not imply the freedom to buy all the candidates running.

This would result in a very different looking American Government.


Iran walks and talks like a state with nuclear weapons. Under this scenario, Iran acquired the weapons years ago and now seeks home grown technology and legitimacy. Obviously Israel ought to take this scenario into account.

Like the Queen in the hands of a chess master, nuclear weapons are used to support pawns and other players, but come out last. America apparently brought out nuclear weapons against Japan at the end of the war, after Tokyo was destroyed and the emperor was seeking surrender. Under this scenario a conventional war may reach a tipping point, and then the nuclear weapons are brought out. Apparently this scenario required America to supply Israel is “73, I believe.

In this game, President Obama is too complex to figure out in some ways, but I recall his name means “lightening” and he does represent the United States of America’s perceived economic interests. Again the calculation is complex but it is consistent that the USA perceives the economic interest of siding with the Gulf Arabs in providing them with nuclear technology and 100 billion dollars in advanced arms and missiles which can be pointed east or north. The question of what the USA will do, is correlated with their perceived economic interests.

Although the math in the book of Revelation appears to be wrong, the scenario of the convergence of all calamities known to mankind, could be approximated with nuclear war with Iran. At least from Israel’s perspective, the prospective of being bunched together within range of weapons of mass destruction, is an Armageddon scenario.

The prophet Jacob well understood this scenario on Genesis 34:30: “And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.” The sons of Jacob actually created this scenario by one their first slaughters of a village of Palestinians.

On the other hand, under MAD, nuclear weapons were never deployed, but came very, very close.

The probability of the above scenarios appears to be unknown, but the economic consequences are so serious that they should be considered.

By: diddums Sat, 04 Dec 2010 22:22:36 +0000 How naive is this reporter. American foreign policy has ALWAYS been concentrated around their economic interests.