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Ouch, what a depressing thought. The political scientist in me will attempt
to rise to the challenge shortly....
I understand that you are not flag-waving.
OK, for good government policy, got a quick one: the establishment of the
USAID program (humanitarian and socio/economic development assistance to, at
latest count, some 72 countries). USAID was formed on the Truman post WWII
Four Points. It has over the years done a super job, though occassionally
misused (as in the last decade or so) for distorted purposes (e.g. massive
aid to Egypt and Israel to support the pretence that they are in a 'peace
process,' and lately, massive military aid to Colombia for the "war on
drugs." These are the three largest USAID programs, and true humanitarian
and development assistance has taken a back seat, as a result.
Also, the Peace Corps. And Fullbright and later Pell scholarships.
Switzerland's Neutrality policy.
How am I doing?
> -----Original Message-----
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> Of Wade Smith
> Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 2:40 PM
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> Subject: Re: Rumsfeld Says He May Drop New Office of Influence
> On Tuesday, February 26, 2002, at 01:39 , Lawrence DeBivort wrote:
> > what we are doing - Afghanistan, "war on terrorism" language,
> > Ashcroft legal actions, emphasis on hardening US targets rather than
> > defusing terrorist motivation -- all of this is stupid and ineffective.
> Can you point to an _unstupid_ national policy and actions,
> anywhere in the world? We all want enlightened leaders, but
> really, I personally don't know of any government anywhere that
> is a shining example of non-stupidity.
> And I'm _not_ trying to wave any flags.
> - Wade
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