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US Allies: Are Asians so Different from Europeans?

NYT Columnist Roger Cohen wrote Europe Votes Democrat, but Asia Tends Republican and Michael J. Green, who served on the National Security Council staff from 2001 to 2005, claims that the Iraq war has been good for US interests in South East Asia. He writes in The Washington Quarterly:

If anything, most major powers in Asia have used the war on terrorism and the conflict in Iraq to align more closely with the United States in order to balance rivals within the region or to advance their global standing.

Greg Sheridan agrees with this analysis and adds in The Australian (HT: Joe Noory):

Australian commentators almost universally mimic the European critique or more often the liberal American critique of the Bush administration and all its works. What is clear is that they have almost no sense of the Asian context at all.

Other conservatives, however, worry about the US standing in in East Asia: Michael Austin from the American Enterprise Institute opines that appeasement politics weaken US credibility in Asia: "Some of America's most important bilateral alliances are at risk of coming unmoored."


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Álvaro Degives-Más on :

So now that projecting the nonsense common of US domestic politics onto Europe proves stubbornly unfertile, we now try and apply the same idiosyncratic retrofit onto Asia? Humbug. Only reality-challenged "intellectuals" could manage to put a voluntary invasion and occupation of a country based on virtually nationwide embraced flawed and deliberately skewed premises "in perspective" by comparing said mass self-delusion in terms of [i]domestic political parameters[/i] - like ever-elusive "Democrat" and "Republican" labels, as if there's any ideological (or fundamental ethical) separation between those two Siamese Twins from Hell. Some people are so far our of their league... [i]Mrs.[/i] Cohen and Green should focus on what they still doesn't grasp about the self-destructive mindset wrecking their own country, instead.

Joe Noory on :

Why not. They did it in the Ivory Coast, East Timor, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. As for sepf destructive mindsets, are you implying something about Roger "Mrs." Cohen's native Britain, or Greg Sheridan's native Australia? As for doing a story about a poll that doesn't please you, why do the reporters and commenters on that story deserve your derision and abuse? I'll be generous and assume you meant "Messrs". As for your 2nd paragraph, I recommend breathing from time to time. Otherwise I recommend the occasional use of puctuation. I'm sure the charming and talented Elizabetta, official grammarian and reference librarian of the '08 Olympics, will back me up on this one. More to the point, judging by the majority of headlines in the US press, there's absolutely nothing common about the sentiment left by Cohen or Sheridan at all. No editor want's to hedge his future bets on even the slightest possibility of a negative turn of events embarassing them later - not even in local or small-town papers.

Álvaro Degives-Más on :

First an admission: I was sloppy, as instead of "Mrs." I should have typed "Messrs." Oh well. So, what do you base your assertion on that my derision is aimed at "a story about a poll"? You're obviously free to interpret, just don't fabricate projections into a void and then ask questions building on such assumptions. As to your implicit connection of citizenship of a given country and mindset, I disagree with that projection, as well. Your subsequent friendly recommendations about breathing, punctuation and librarians are duly noted yet thoughtfully dismissed also, alas. Now, about the point with more relevant traction, in your third paragraph: the commonality resides in their baffling ability to measure along Manichean yardsticks. The varying degree to which "journalists" demonstrably lack a professional backbone is more a function of submission of oneself to politically justifiable (emphatically not deserving the qualifier "correct") groupthink, the force of which is quite strong here, in the US. Sad, that intellectual freedom is mistreated and abused so much and so widely, especially where it suffers the additional injuring insult of espoused collectivist adhesion, misrepresented as somehow stemming from the very libertarian tradition that gave birth to this very country.

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