Chapter 8 - The emerging consensus at home and aborad  pp. 256-288

The emerging consensus at home and aborad

By Timothy J. Lynch and Robert S. Singh

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Truth … has to be made by the rough process of a struggle between combatants fighting under hostile banners.

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

… is it so preposterous to suggest that a global ideology that justifies the use of limitless violence against civilians, and whose adherents are immensely inventive (if not always competent) in discerning methods of delivering that violence, could present an ‘existential’ threat?

David Aaronovitch

When Obama, in a speech on terrorism at the Wilson Center in Washington, said ‘If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets (in Pakistan) and President Musharraf won't act, we will,’ he came under attack not only from Hillary Clinton but also from Senators Joseph Biden and Christopher Dodd. It turned out, though, that their objection was not to what he said – which they agreed with – but to the undiplomatic indiscretion of saying it out loud.

Hendrik Hertzberg

There's a warning sign on the road ahead

There's a lot of people saying we'd be better off dead

Don't feel like Satan but I am to them

So I try to forget it any way I can

Neil Young, ‘Rockin’ in the Free World' (1989)

In this chapter we consider the future of American foreign policy and explain why its strategic shape is more likely to resemble rather than reject that established under Bush, regardless of who is president into the 2010s and beyond.