Cold War Legacies

It seems we're still dealing with the consequences of Cold War policies and biases, which everyone should be aware of at this point, including bin Laden, Ayatollah Khomeini, various South American powers (Nicaragua's really the only one I can think of at the moment), and that whole mess with Russia where we'll take any side as long as it's not theirs--some of the news articles on Georgia indicated that they may have been the side to blame; at the least, the U.S. acted without bothering to check its facts, and I at least had hoped that we'd learned our lessons by now.

Seriously.  How long is the legacy of the Cold War going to screw over the new generation?  We have other, pressing problems, mainly concerning the environment and other things like a population too large for the world food supply (which Dubya had no problem blaming on India and China, even though the world's largest importer of food is...the U.S.).  And instead we have to deal with all these ridiculous biases and conflicts--why does the U.S. have to spread democracy everywhere, anyway?  Why is no one questioning the motivation to stick around in Iraq when Ahmadinejad is using the fear of foreign invasion--sorry, liberation--to solidify his weak base of support?

It's time to drop the pretenses and switch back to an openly realist policy.  America needs to take care of itself for the long run, not bumble around trying to fix up other countries as allies.  If we were so desperate to have foreign support, we wouldn't have turned our backs on the UN in 2001.

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