As the Democratic candidates go back and forth trying to convince Iowans and the rest of the country that they are the best candidate to reshape U.S. foreign policy in a post Bush White House, all you really have to do is look at who is advising the candidates to see that if elected, regardless of candidate, not much is going to change.
There was a great article published in The American Conservative about this back in October. Here is a brief look at who is advising the candidates:
- Madeleine Albright - she was the main force behind the Iraq sanctions that killed more than 400,000 Iraqi civilians.
- General Wesley Clark - he was the one who ran the bombing of Serbia in the former Yugoslavia, he came out and publicly said that he was going after civilian targets, like electrical plants and the TV station there (which by the way is a war crime under international law).
- Richard Holbrooke - in the Carter administration he was the one who oversaw the shipment of weapons to the Indonesian military as they were illegally invading East Timor and killing a third of the East Timor population, and he was the one who kept the UN Security Council from enforcing its resolution against that invasion.
- Strobe Talbott - during the Clinton administration he oversaw Russian policy and a backing of Yeltsin, which resulted in turning over the national wealth to the oligarchs and a drop in life expectancy in much of Russia of about fifteen years.
- General Jack Keane - backer of the Iraq invasion and occupation.
- Michael O’Hanlon - backer of the Iraq invasion and occupation.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski – he gave an interview to the French press a number of years ago where he boasted about the fact that it was he who created the Afghan jihadi movement, the movement that produced Osama bin Laden. And he was asked by the interviewer, “Well, don’t you think this might have had some bad consequences?” to which Brzezinski responded “What’s a few riled-up Muslims?” Apparently 9-11 answered that question.
- Anthony Lake - he was the main force behind the US invasion of Haiti in the mid-Clinton years during which they brought back Aristide essentially in political chains, pledged to support a World Bank/IMF overhaul of the economy, which resulted in an increase in malnutrition deaths among Haitians and set the stage for the current ongoing political disaster in Haiti.
- General Merrill McPeak – shortly after the Indonesian Dili massacre in East Timor in 1991 he oversaw the delivery of US fighter planes to Indonesia.
- Dennis Ross – he was an advisor to both the Clinton and Bush 2 White House. He oversaw US policy toward Israel/Palestine and pushed the principle that the legal rights of the Palestinians, the rights recognized under international law, must be subordinated to the needs of the Israeli government. Ross also recently led an assault on Jimmy Carter, because regarding Palestine, Carter was so bold as to agree with Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa that what Israel was doing in the Occupied Territories was tantamount to apartheid.
- Sarah Sewall - she wrote the introduction to General Petraeus’s Marine Corps/Army counterinsurgency handbook, the handbook that is now being used worldwide by US troops in various killing operations.
- He doesn’t really have any big name advisors but the Edward’s campaign names that are out there mainly come from the Army and the Air Force and the Navy Material Command. Those are the portions of the Pentagon that do the Defense contracts, that do the deals with the big companies like Raytheon and Boeing, etc. One of those listed on the Edwards team is the lobbyist for the big military contractor EADS. So, although Edwards talks about going after lobbyists, if he tries to go after the military lobbyists, he may get a little blowback from his own advisers.