Saturday, September 15, 2007

Pragmatic Idealism

I haven't seen any coverage of this, and it's worth a read. James Baker outlines his ten maxims for a sound foreign policy, something he calls "The Big Ten: The Case For Pragmatic Idealism". It's short enough not to need a summary here. I will cite his final maxim, though:

A last, but by no means least, important guiding principle: Domestic support is vital to any successful foreign policy.

The will of the American people is the final arbiter of foreign policy in our democracy. Generating and sustaining domestic support for foreign policy is in every way as important as the policy itself...

The rest is just as timely. God, I never thought I'd see the day when I'd think of James Baker as a step in the right direction. But that day is definitely here.

Posted by Judah in:  Foreign Policy   

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