U.S. Think Tank Calls for More Troops, More Propaganda

"A new security study released by the Third Way, a Democratic-leaning think tank," and authored by two former Clinton administration officials, discusses how to rebuild U.S. credibility overseas. "American voters yearn for an alternative to the Bush administration's aggressive foreign policy stance," say the Brookings Institution's William Galston and Harvard's Elaine Kamarck, "but neither Democrats nor Republicans are articulating a different path." Their study calls for "a robust military response to the terrorist threat," along with "a massive public relations effort akin to the Cold War propaganda machine." Militarily, the study suggests 100,000 more ground troops and "reinvigorated intelligence services." It also calls for "a massive increase to the $140 million the United States spends annually on public diplomacy," and "re-creating the United States Information Agency, which was folded into the State Department during the Clinton administration."


Of all the wrong headed impulses! This is nothing more than the same old stale wine of the the 50s and 60s in a shiny new bottle. Changing our behavior and alliances, picking better friends, holding true to real democratic principles to guide our actions in the world, these are the steps that need to be taken if we really want to build credibility.