The Global Test

Someone has to tell the peanut gallery that foreign policy has to work outside the U.S. That’s why we call it “foreign policy”.

A foreign policy customized to appeal to the prejudices of 51% of American voters will be a horrible failure if it doesn’t work in the rest of the world. That’s “the global test”.

Foreign policy is about foreigners. I don’t know how to say it more simply than that.

But as O’Neill, Diulio, Clarke, General Shinseki, Genral McPeak, and General Clark and a dozen others have told us, for the Bush administration votes are everything, and reality is nothing.