Thursday, August 16, 2007

Giuliani's Foreign Policy Statement

Ripped from LGF. Thanks, Charles.

Rudy Giuliani’s pre-election foreign policy statement has been published at Foreign Affairs: Foreign Affairs - Toward a Realistic Peace - Rudolph Giuliani. Big LGF kudos to Rudy for being first out of the gate with a serious, reasoned examination of the important foreign policy issues facing the US.

Here’s the refreshingly realistic section the media are focusing on.

America has a clear interest in helping to establish good governance throughout the world. Democracy is a noble ideal, and promoting it abroad is the right long-term goal of U.S. policy. But democracy cannot be achieved rapidly or sustained unless it is built on sound legal, institutional, and cultural foundations. It can only work if people have a reasonable degree of safety and security. Elections are necessary but not sufficient to establish genuine democracy. Aspiring dictators sometimes win elections, and elected leaders sometimes govern badly and threaten their neighbors. History demonstrates that democracy usually follows good governance, not the reverse. U.S. assistance can do much to set nations on the road to democracy, but we must be realistic about how much we can accomplish alone and how long it will take to achieve lasting progress.

The election of Hamas in the Palestinian-controlled territories is a case in point. The problem there is not the lack of statehood but corrupt and unaccountable governance. The Palestinian people need decent governance first, as a prerequisite for statehood. Too much emphasis has been placed on brokering negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians — negotiations that bring up the same issues again and again. It is not in the interest of the United States, at a time when it is being threatened by Islamist terrorists, to assist the creation of another state that will support terrorism. Palestinian statehood will have to be earned through sustained good governance, a clear commitment to fighting terrorism, and a willingness to live in peace with Israel. America’s commitment to Israel’s security is a permanent feature of our foreign policy.

“Sustained good governance.” What a concept.

There’s a lot more to Giuliani’s essay; read the whole thing.


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