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Colin L. Powell (secretary of state) on the world under bush in 2004.

dj_jake_the_snake

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What We Will Do in 2004
By COLIN L. POWELL
New York Times Op-Ed piece.

Published: January 1, 2004

WASHINGTON ¡X As we Americans turn the last page of our calendars, many of us are moved to review the achievements of the year gone by and to make resolutions for the year ahead. This can be a frustrating business if one dwells on subjects like exercise and dieting, but the twin task of stock-taking and resolution-making is a worthy discipline ¡X and not just for individuals.

We in the Bush administration have also taken stock and made resolutions. We do so with confidence because President Bush's vision is clear and right: America's formidable power must continue to be deployed on behalf of principles that are simultaneously American, but that are also beyond and greater than ourselves.

We resolve, of course, to expand freedom, and we are focused in particular on Afghanistan and Iraq. The Afghan people now have a constitution, a rapidly advancing market economy, and new hope as they look toward national elections. The aspirations of a free and talented Iraqi nation are also taking wing, now that Saddam Hussein's murderous and dangerous regime is no more. We are working to return sovereignty to the Iraqi people through a fair and open process and to ensure that the country receives the maximum feasible debt relief. As the Coalition Provisional Authority closes its doors on June 30, in accord with the Nov. 15 transition plan, we will open an embassy in Baghdad.

While our efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq will continue in 2004, we are resolved as well to turn the president's goal of a free and democratic Middle East into a reality. We will expand the Middle East Partnership Initiative to encourage political, economic and educational reform throughout the region. We will also stand by the Iranian people, and others living under oppressive regimes, as they strive for freedom.

This struggle will not be confined to the Middle East. We are working for the advent of a free Cuba, and toward democratic reform in other countries whose people are denied liberty. And we are resolved to support the young democracies that have risen in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The consolidation of freedom in many new but often fragile democracies will shape the aspirations of people everywhere, assuring that the 21st century will be a century of liberty worldwide.

Our efforts will apply to individuals as well as nations. In 2003 we freed thousands from oppression through President Bush's program to combat human trafficking ¡X whether for prostitution or forced labor or to turn children into soldiers. We have saved lives and redeemed the enslaved, and we will do more in 2004. Also in 2004, the president's plan for H.I.V. and AIDS relief will help free millions worldwide from the devastation of this horrible disease.

We resolve to promote prosperity, too. A new international consensus is helping poorer countries develop themselves through good governance, sound economic, trade and environmental policies and wise investments in their people. The centerpiece of our program for development, to be started in 2004, is the Millennium Challenge Account ¡X an incentive system that makes assistance contingent on political and economic reform.

We also made important strides in 2003 toward a more open international trade and investment climate, signing free trade pacts with Chile, Singapore and the countries of Central America. In 2004 the president will lead the effort to reinvigorate our global free trade strategy, and to advance regional and bilateral free trade as opportunities arise. His proposal to develop a Middle East free trade agreement is high on the agenda.

We are resolved, as well, for peace. Freedom cannot flourish and prosperity cannot advance without security, and this we are determined to achieve. Americans are safer as 2004 begins than they were a year ago. Afghanistan is no longer a devil's playground for terrorists, nor is Iraq an incubator for weapons of mass murder that could have fallen into terrorists' hands.

Al Qaeda remains a great danger ¡X the main reason for our current heightened security posture. But its members are increasingly on the run, in hiding, in jail or dead. Its finances and communications are being disrupted, and closer intelligence and law enforcement cooperation among peace-loving countries is making headway against terrorist plots.

Iran has felt our sustained pressure and that of our allies to come clean on its nuclear weapons program, and has begun to do so. And Libya has renounced terrorism and weapons of mass destruction thanks to the president's robust counterproliferation strategy and bold British and American diplomacy. In our own hemisphere, narco-traffickers and terrorists are on the defensive thanks to strong United States support for a resolute Colombian government.

The war on terrorism remains our first priority, but success in that war depends on constructive ties among the world's major powers. These we pursue without respite; America's relations with Russia, China and India all improved in 2003. Ties with allies old and new have been strengthened as well, despite the growing pains of adjustment to a new era. Indeed, both NATO and the European Union will expand this year, which is good news for international security.

Our partnerships remain strong as do the institutions of international cooperation. We will rely on both to advance freedom, prosperity and peace in 2004. As we work to restore a liberated Iraq to its people, we invite the United Nations and the international community to help Iraqis establish a new citadel of free minds and free markets in the Middle East. With our NATO allies we will support the Afghan people as they heal their wounds and chart their future.

With China, Japan, Russia and South Korea we will continue to tackle the problem of North Korea's dangerous nuclear weapons programs. We seek peace and reconciliation in the Korean peninsula, but we will not reward threats from Pyongyang or provide incentive for blackmail. With our quartet partners ¡X the United Nations, the European Union and Russia ¡X we will help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace, so that a free Palestine will exist alongside a secure and democratic Jewish state in Israel.

We are resolved, too, to share the burden to bring longstanding conflicts in Sudan, Liberia, Northern Ireland and elsewhere to an end. Such achievements will build momentum for the success of American diplomacy worldwide.

Freedom, prosperity and peace are not separate principles, or separable policy goals. Each reinforces the other, so serving any one requires an integrated policy that serves all three. The challenges are many, for the world is full of trouble. But it is also full of opportunities, and we are resolved to seize every one of them. If some of us drop a few pounds in the process, that's O.K., too.


Colin L. Powell is secretary of state.
 

OTIS

TRIBE Member
Great, they're going to attack Cuba. Gee, another virtually defenseless, and non-threatening nation in the sights of Imperial America.
 

Aeryanna

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by dj_jake_the_snake
And we are resolved to support the young democracies that have risen in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Translation: We'll continue to butt our noses into everyone else's business.

The centerpiece of our program for development, to be started in 2004, is the Millennium Challenge Account ¡X an incentive system that makes assistance contingent on political and economic reform.

Translation: We won't be giving your country any money for developement unless you agree to follow our political and economic agenda.

His proposal to develop a Middle East free trade agreement is high on the agenda.

Translation: Its a Middle East Free Trade agreement but America will still manage to dictate how it operates.


Afghanistan is no longer a devil's playground for terrorists, nor is

Translation: Afghanistan is no longer a devils playground for terrorists if you completely disregard all the attacks that are still occuring.

As we work to restore a liberated Iraq to its people, we invite the United Nations and the international community to help Iraqis establish a new citadel of free minds and free markets in the Middle East.

Translation: We invite all the countrys that joined the "coalition of the willing" to start bidding for pieces of Baghdad. Our motto "You broke it, you buy it!"


With China, Japan, Russia and South Korea we will continue to tackle the problem of North Korea's dangerous nuclear weapons programs.

Translation: North Korea you're next on the hit list.
 

~atp~

TRIBE Member
POWELL:

President Bush's vision is clear and right: America's formidable power must continue to be deployed on behalf of principles that are simultaneously American, but that are also beyond and greater than ourselves.
similarly,

PNAC:

As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the
world’s most preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in
the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does
the United States have the vision to build upon the achievement of
past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a
new century favorable to American principles and interests?
“[What we require is] a military that is strong and ready to meet
both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and
purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national
leadership that accepts the United States’ global responsibilities.

--PNAC vision.

POWELL:

We will also stand by the Iranian people, and others living under oppressive regimes, as they strive for freedom.

Ah yes of course, "stand by" other countries. For example:

Iran
Guatemala
Chile
Greece 1965 and Greece 1947
Nicaragua
Cuba
etc, etc, etc...

Just driving the point home here...

Some statistics for all you math lovers.
 
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PosTMOd

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Originally by Goering:
We will expand the Middle East Propaganda Initiative to encourage ideas of political, economic and educational reform throughout the region, while actually doing the opposite.
 

OTIS

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by OTIS
Great, they're going to attack Cuba. Gee, another virtually defenseless, and non-threatening nation in the sights of Imperial America.
U.S. State Department expels Cuban diplomat

03 Jan 2004 21:41
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Saturday a Cuban diplomat was expelled from Washington for "activities incompatible with his diplomatic duties."

A State Department official said Roberto Socorro Garcia, who worked in the Cuban special interests section located in the Swiss Embassy in Washington, was declared "persona non grata" on Dec. 19 and given 10 days to leave the country.

The official did not elaborate on the accusations against Garcia.

The United States cut ties with the Communist island in 1961, but both countries have operated interests sections in Washington and Havana since 1977 under the protection of the Swiss Embassy to facilitate consular relations and dialogue.

The Cuban mission in Washington was not immediately available for comment.

=====================

Setting the stage so early...
 

expat

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Aeryanna
Translation: We won't be giving your country any money for developement unless you agree to follow our political and economic agenda.
What's the problem with saying that we will only give you OUR money if you are attempting to democratize? This seems like a valid and non-violent carrots vs. sticks approach.
 

~atp~

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by beatnik
What's the problem with saying that we will only give you OUR money if you are attempting to democratize? This seems like a valid and non-violent carrots vs. sticks approach.
So is blackmail. ;)
 
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expat

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...only to the extent that blackmail is valid. besides, is it blackmail to offer someone money that they wouldn't otherwise get, so long as they change?
These countries that Powell is referring to have a pretty easy choice: democratize and receive our help...or don't and get no cash from us. It beats violence. Now that the US has wielded its stick in Iraq, it can speak softly in the rest of the world. It's Teddy Roosevelt in action...and I like it!!
 

~atp~

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by beatnik
...only to the extent that blackmail is valid. besides, is it blackmail to offer someone money that they wouldn't otherwise get, so long as they change?
These countries that Powell is referring to have a pretty easy choice: democratize and receive our help...or don't and get no cash from us. It beats violence. Now that the US has wielded its stick in Iraq, it can speak softly in the rest of the world. It's Teddy Roosevelt in action...and I like it!!

The problem is that not everyone agrees what the U.S. is offering is a chance at democracy.
 

dj_jake_the_snake

TRIBE Member
It's more like if you open your markets completely without any protectionist policies in place we will give you money because in the end we will benefit much more than you will benefit from us. And in the meantime since we will impose conditionality (which has not worked more often than it has) in such a way that our friends will be able to buy your newly privatised water supply, electricity and other such essential services we will "legitimately" take a degree of sovereignty away from you.

From colonialism to free trade imperialism to ... wait or have we passed the era of free trade imperialism yet?
 
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expat

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Originally posted by ~atp~
The problem is that not everyone agrees what the U.S. is offering is a chance at democracy.

If you don't like what the US is offering, then don't take US money. States that want American aid will have to decide for themselves what is best: democratization and financial aid, or the status quo and no financial aid. This is a good policy, IMO.
 

OTIS

TRIBE Member
Please stop using the word democratization, your cavalier use of it implies that you're arguing the propigandic model of what the US is doing. To continue arguing such a preposterous set of ideas not only narrows the scope down to a kindergarten level of understanding, but forces us to give credibility to a carefully crafted product the current administration really only meant for general consumption.

You know as well as I that what the US intends for countries is not democracy, and you only need to look at the many past examples to determine their motives, and what to expect. I say start with Argentina since it was unofficially considered the flagship of "free market” economics. Begin with the tens of thousands of possible dissidents that were "disappeared" overnight, then move on to the total & complete sell off of all public assets to foreign interests, the removal of regulations that demolished labour rights and allowed for 100% repatriation of profits, then top it off with the imploding of it's "democratic" economy right around the time Enron fell. There are other examples to illustrate the same, almost clockwork like cause-effect relationship. This may seem overly brutal to you and unthinkable as something intentionally forced upon any nation, but if you put yourself in the shoes of the investor, it is really a winning formula. To quote Naomi Klein: “capitalism is a junkie and profit is it's fix.”

The scary thing is not that this is happening again, but that this time around, they've come out of their shells, and declared it openly, in the world spotlight.. setting a new precedent for the way the US will shape foreign entities to suit their needs.
 
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chipotle

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Presidente Uribe is a man with a clear vendetta, why they are supporting paramilitary right winged death squads in Colombia, still to this day... I have no idea.
Same formula that has been applied throughout all latin america, not just colombia. Uribe is just like the bush family actually.

anyways, colin powel is my hero.

ha ha
 

chipotle

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btw, my comment above is in reference to the comment in the article made towards the strenghthening of support towards the new colombian government and its "tough" policy towards the coke trade.
 

chipotle

Well-Known TRIBEr
and... I can read that is what you guys are not on about.

I agree with most of the anti-colin powell. comments made anyways.. so I just thought I put my very own two personal cents.
 

DSV

TRIBE Promoter
Democritization...

Is that like when 48% of a population votes for someone, and 52% vote for another guy, the 48% wins becaus eof some court decisoin made by a bunch of people who were never elected into their position?

Or when a majority of peoplemaybe it's like when in a country like, oh let's say Turkey, vote to not support a war, and then the leader of that country gets chastised and punished for following the will of his people?

Is it like when we say, vote for a leader, just make sure he's not a muslim theocratist?
 
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chipotle

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To quote Naomi Klein: “capitalism is a junkie and profit is it's fix.”
well that makes her a junkie strapped to a big capitalist machine.. if it wasn't for the economy her book would have not sold as much as it did...and gave her fix.

i agree with some of her points but c'mon...
 

OTIS

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by chipotle
well that makes her a junkie strapped to a big capitalist machine.. if it wasn't for the economy her book would have not sold as much as it did...and gave her fix.

i agree with some of her points but c'mon...
What a lynchpin. You should email her that yourself.
I'm sure the revelation of such a dichotomy will driver her to slit her wrists.
 

~atp~

TRIBE Member
Paul Harris has powers of awesome. :D


The New York Times will print almost anything
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2004 @ 00:14:09 CST


By Paul Harris
YellowTimes.org Columnist (Canada)


(YellowTimes.org) – This is being written in the early hours of a new year. It is January 1 and I have just finished reading ‘What We Will Do in 2004,' the New Year’s Day editorial comment in the New York Times by Colin L. Powell. Even their regular writer Thomas Friedman at his most sycophantic hasn’t provided the Times with anything quite so sniveling in a long time. Now, I don’t know Colin Powell personally but I am willing to bet that he isn’t nearly so vacuous as this article would lead one to believe. I also don’t know Thomas Friedman personally, which is a blessing for which I give daily thanks.

Powell starts off with the absolute statement that a year-end assessment of America gives comfort because “President Bush’s vision is clear and right." There are something like six billion people on this planet who would disagree but I guess you must expect a few sour-grapes dissenters. He goes on to assert that America plans to continue its focus on Afghanistan and Iraq and crows that Afghanistan has already been restored as a democracy, with Iraq sure to follow in due time. Naturally, this is all thanks to the slaughter of several thousands of each that arose out of the aftermath of September 11. It is, of course, merely a side note that the September 11th tragedy was allegedly committed by a bunch of Saudis, not Afghans or Iraqis. Nor am I sure that the average Afghan would think he or she is enjoying any new-found democratic freedom.

Mr. Powell goes on to state: “we are resolved as well to turn the president’s goal of a free and democratic Middle East into a reality.” Now perhaps the logic of Bush’s policy is simply escaping me but I fail to understand how attacking a couple of countries in the region for things they didn’t do will be helpful if you fail to exert any moral suasion on your friends in the region (Saudi Arabia, Israel) to move toward democratic principles. And then, after listening to Bush carp about Iran for the past year, Powell makes clear that America will “stand by the Iranian people … as they strive for freedom." Perhaps the Times has neglected to publish the stories about the nascent freedom movement in Iran but it seems to me that whatever the Iranian people want is for them to decide, not George Bush.

And lest anyone miss the point, Powell’s article is clear that America is ready to go and shove its version of democracy down the throat of any nation who won’t kowtow. That’s not quite how he puts it, of course, but it is precisely what he means. He says the United States is “resolved to support the young democracies that have arisen in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa." Other than those few nations who have given their blind obeisance to Washington, that is simply a canard. America has utterly failed to stand behind the duly elected governments of any of those nations unless the leaders are in Washington’s hip-pocket.

# They have continued to support the vicious Paul Kagame of Rwanda while virtually ignoring the Herculean efforts toward democracy of its closest neighbor, Democratic Republic of Congo.
# They have had no problem with Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe continuing to breathe the air of this planet.
# They have had no problem supporting the decidedly undemocratic government of China because, well, Wal-Mart needs China.
# They have continued to work toward the overthrow of democratically elected Hugo Chávez of Venezuela because his nation prefers not to be forced into economic servitude to Washington.
# They have continued to bully each and every nation whose democratically elected leaders chose not to answer the siren call of Bush’s march to war in Iraq, despite incredible arm-twisting.
# They convicted an American company of ‘trading with the enemy’ under an outdated and bizarre 1917 law because this company committed the horrendous security breech of selling water purification equipment to Cuban hospitals.
# They have continued to keep hostage a group of people they kidnapped from Afghanistan without charge or trial by simply labeling them as enemy combatants to avoid having to live up to international law.

The list is far too long, but you get my drift. American interests do not lie in fomenting democracy because democratic people might make democratic choices that are different from what America would want them to make; it is far better to have friendly, or at least affordable, dictators in those foreign lands.

No matter how you slice and dice or analyze Powell’s comments, they all boil down in the end to a surreptitious defense of ‘free trade.' So let’s be clear: all the trade deals that have proliferated since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took effect 10 years ago today are anything but ‘free.' This would include the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the General Agreement on Trade Services (GATS). These agreements are highly restrictive and they are designed with several goals in mind: to abolish trade unions, to circumvent the will of democracies to choose their own destinies, to force poorer nations to accept products and produce from the richer nations while blocking the sale of the output from those poor countries, to remove any controls over the movement of capital worldwide and thereby to circumvent the laws and wishes of the various peoples of the world.

Opponents of these trade deals are dismissed as ‘against progress,' or as standing in the way of poorer nations improving their positions. But these criticisms are absolute lies, repeated over and again by a lickspittle press … with the aforementioned Thomas Friedman and his New York Times as among the most vocal cheerleaders for this proposed rape of the world’s people.

Colin Powell can spout all the pathetic rhetoric he likes, and apparently he does like, but the simple facts are that America is not out to protect anything other than its own financial interests. Not the interests of the American people, mind you, but the interests of the few incredibly wealthy groups who long ago took away any pretense that America actually is a democracy. None of America’s military forays have anything to do with democracy — they are solely ventures for America’s taxpayers to enrich America’s corporations.

Welcome to the 2004 version of Newspeak. It is most unfortunate that the New York Times has so little integrity that it would print Powell’s drivel and even more unfortunate that the unthinking masses are going to fall for it in large numbers.


[Paul Harris is self-employed as a consultant providing businesses with the tools and expertise to reintegrate their sick or injured employees into the workplace. He has traveled extensively in what is usually known as "the Third World" and has an abiding interest in history, social justice, morality and, well, just about everything. He lives in Canada.]

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