Here are links to some of the topics mentioned during this week's GPS panel:
- Leading From Behind: The New Yorker article by Ryan Lizza, actually titled The Consequentialist: How the Arab Spring remade Obama’s foreign policy. The article mentions this week's guest, Anne-Marie Slaughter.
– Kishore Mahbubani's take on what the U.S. needs to do to fix it's economic house.
– Fareed Zakaria's tweet, which Anne-Marie references in the panel is:
"The #US should move from supporting the Pakistani military to supporting the Pakistani people: http://t.co/kZD2iKo."
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It will not matter what Obama says on Thursday if he does not back up his words with a strong stance against the settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine. If Israel continues to thumb its nose at international law, then the U.S. cannot continue to be seen a the enabler in chief.
The US should move, even a step further, to support the oppressed people on the planet and not their ruling despots or oppressors
Thank you for your comments this morning about how to deal with Pakistani. I so agree with you. If Pakistani doesn't want to work with us then yes let's stop our aid to them. I realize Pakistani is important to us in that part of the world, however, it seems they do not want to help us they just want our money! Thank you.
The US must go back to some of it's roots that made it an economic superpower. One key area is steel production. We need to find ways to reopen this industry on a larger scale by findings ways to produce within EPA standards. To offset the environmental impact we could use the heat and other by products to produce electricity. It costs less to export steel than it is to import it.
Good idea. The U.S. should engage itself in soul-searching. Though we live in the present, one can always look back and figure out why times were good then and what has gone wrong since then that the country lands in ditch.
The media has fallen in love with the term “the Arab Spring” to describe the events of the past 3 or 4 months in North African and Arab States. These are the result of actions that were in response to political policies going back decades, centuries and in some cases millennia. My question is: Is this truly an “Arab Spring” in which we see young sprouts peeking up though the ground that will grow and blossoms into an “Arab Summer”? Or is this a brief warming spell during an extended “Arab Ice Age”? How would we be able to distinguish between the one or the other? 250 years ago Constitutional democracies took root in the western world. They grew and flourished in North America and Western Europe. They spread to Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia, South America and Africa mainly through colonization, bringing with it modernization and technical advances, as well as political domination by foreign governments. After World War II, Japan and these colonized nations were slowly transformed into what turned out to be in some cases model democracies and in other cases somewhat failed attempts, usually due to self serving, home grown leadership. Other fairly Western style democracies were developed in Turkey and Israel while the majority of former colonized states in North Africa and the Middle East adopted much of the technology but little of the style of government found in the West, choosing to stick within 18th century methods.
To answer the question of how we will be able to distinguish between a new season and a brief warm spell my answer is this. Are we seeing fair and open elections at regular intervals? Is there an equitable constitution in place? Does a fair judicial system exist? Are the laws of each nation enforced without regard to whom the laws apply? When the answer to all four of these is “yes” we may then call this an “Arab Spring” otherwise it is just another period of Arab unrest and stupid bloodshed.
I have just listened to your commentary re: bribes. Really, the U.S. should at least be a shade of pink. What to you call the $$$$$$$$$$ large corporations make to political campaigns? I call them "bribes".
I want to strongly agree with Josh Ramo when he says that jobs are the most important issue for congress and the administration right now. I am so tired of hearing about how important the debt is – it's only the huge problem it is now because there is not enough revenue going into the treasure due to the obvious fact that not enough people are working. Yes, long term, the debt needs to be addressed but the Republicans are pushing this issue because they see a chance to attack the social programs they hate – Social Security and Medicare. All they want is to destroy and eliminate these programs by making it seem like they are the cause of the debt instead of the other real causes like the economic downturn their policies caused. Not to mention the huge flow of manufacturing jobs overseas. Nobody says this but I feel very strongly that we will never be strong if we don't take back some of the basic manufacturing jobs in areas like apparel and products that serve the needs of Americans like appliances and building materials such as steel. We need to solve the housing crisis, address the issues that caused the financial collapse, which among other things means separating banks and investment firms, and do whatever we can to put people back to work.
Fareed, when you had David Brooks on your program recently, I ordered his book THE SOCIAL ANIMAL and I've already read half of it. Today as I watched Anne-Marie Slaughter and Joshua Cooper Ramo, I felt as though I were still inside the pages of Brooks' book. Slaughter and Ramo so much personify the characters in THE SOCIAL ANIMAL that they can be cast in the movie version, if there should ever be one. I'd love to also send this observation to David Brooks if I can figure out how to contact him.
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