Wednesday, March 30, 2005

New World Order with fries and a shake

Martin Jacques has an interesting piece in the Guardian Unlimited discussing the methods and strategies of the Bush administration in trying to change the world.

The withdrawal of the US from international treaties does not condemn international law to the dustbin of history. It is evident, however, that the Americans are determined either to render these treaties redundant simply by ignoring them, force them to be renegotiated or perhaps both. In effect, what the Americans are intent on doing is reordering the world system to take account of their newly defined power and interests. Every part of the world is likely to feel the consequences of this geo-political earthquake, but some much more than others.

The restless determination of the Bush administration to reorder global affairs is well-illustrated by a classified document prepared by the US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a prelude to a massive review of Pentagon spending. It requires the military to build a far more proactive force focused on changing the world rather than responding to specific conflicts such as the Korean peninsula. |Link|

His thesis is that the Bushies are only unilateral when they think they can get away with it and asserts that the multi-lateral approach to North Korea proves this.

So he's suggesting that part of the reason this administration treated Iraq different than North Korea is that not only were they trying to set up a new political order in the Middle East, but they also intended to slap down Old Europe at the same time.

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