Romney’s foreign policy would be disastrous for America

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November 2, 2011
Nolan Chart
by Kenn Jacobine  
Posted in Commentary

"At the end of the day, Romney’s appointment of Walid Phares to his campaign staff and his comments on his policy towards Israel are indications of what we could expect from the foreign policy of a Romney Administration. At the very least, it would be a continuation of Bush/Obama foreign policies. At the worst, it would be an escalation of those policies. American can ill afford either." (11/01/11)

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  • Youssef al Beaini

    Dear Nolan, Kenn's piece has merits. But allow me to correct a misconstrued perception of Professor Walid Phares who is characterized as extremist. Phares, a native of Lebanon and emigre to the US since 1990, is a democrat and a liberal in the classical sense of the word and unlike many academics he actually experienced suppression when he lived in the region. He believes in pluralism and human rights as foundations for international society. His very first book in Arabic from 1979 (he was 22 years old) was titled “Pluralism.” He happened to be born in a country torn by war and he naturally situated himself in the struggle for a free Lebanon despite the difficulties of being a resident of East Beirut. In the US he taught at a state university in Florida, has always been a middle class person and worked tirelessly on promoting rights for minorities and women in the Middle East. His prescient book “The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East,” was published one year before the Arab Spring! He is the only author on the planet who clearly predicted the uprisings.
    The Islamist fundamentalists and Jihadists obviously oppose his views, because he is secular and oppose totalitarian regimes, including the treatment of minorities in the region. These lobby groups, backed by Petrodollars, have been pushing “progressive bloggers” to attack Phares on the ground of being a neoconservative and an "Islamophobe," both are wrong descriptions of Phares. To the opposite he advises many Muslim-Democratic groups and he is a registered independent who works with both sides of the aisle to promote democracy in the Middle East.
    One may disagree with him on any issue of substance, but he remains an honest and enlightened man, who was among the first to raise the issue of Darfur, the Kurds and women in Afghanistan.
    Since Romney appointed him as an adviser on Middle East affairs, it is understandable that other political camps would criticize Phares for having accepted to be an adviser to a Republican candidate (if that is the issue). Or criticize Phares on the substance of his books and articles. Fair enough. But to coin Phares as extremist when he is calling for support to the moderates, is unfair.
    You may want to visit his web site http://www.walidphares.com and check for yourself. The tone may not be what you may wish to hear, but pay attention to the substance, it always about defending democracy and pluralism.
    Thank you
    Atef Harb

  • Atef Harb

    Dear Nolan, Kenn's piece has merits. But allow me to correct a misconstrued perception of Professor Walid Phares who is characterized as extremist. Phares, a native of Lebanon and emigre to the US since 1990, is a democrat and a liberal in the classical sense of the word and unlike many academics he actually experienced suppression when he lived in the region. He believes in pluralism and human rights as foundations for international society. His very first book in Arabic from 1979 (he was 22 years old) was titled “Pluralism.” He happened to be born in a country torn by war and he naturally situated himself in the struggle for a free Lebanon despite the difficulties of being a resident of East Beirut. In the US he taught at a state university in Florida, has always been a middle class person and worked tirelessly on promoting rights for minorities and women in the Middle East. His prescient book “The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East,” was published one year before the Arab Spring! He is the only author on the planet who clearly predicted the uprisings.

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