“The president-elect and I understand and are deeply sympathetic to Israel’s desire to defend itself under the current conditions and to be free of shelling by Hamas rockets,” Clinton declared in her opening statement.
On Tuesday, however, she allowed that Washington still had need for its mercenaries. “Our civilian employees need to be protected,” she said. “As we withdraw our troops, we have to get assurances of their protection by Iraqi troops, or we have to use contractors.“
Clinton repeatedly proclaimed that her aim was to employ “smart power” in pursuit of US interests. This catch-phrase has been employed by Republicans and Democrats alike to indicate the need to repackage American imperialist policy…
Earlier this year, the Washington think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), set up a commission to promote “smart power” headed by Richard Armitage, former second-in-command in the Bush administration’s State Department…
It is an approach that underscores the necessity of a strong military, but also invests heavily in alliances, partnerships and institutions at all levels to expand American influence and establish the legitimacy of American actions.
In other words, the “change” promised by the Obama administration is not a turn away from American militarism and wars of aggression, but rather the implementation of policies aimed at legitimizing these practices. Bill Auken, WSWS
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