Tony Gambino, who was the Mission Director of USAID to the DR Congo from 2001-2004 and authored an influential Council on Foreign Relations report on the country, said in an interview with Jason Stearns:
"During the Cold War, US foreign policy globally had clear priorities. That clear lens, however, disappeared with the end of the Cold War in 1990"Contrary to what Oliver Duggan writes in the UK Independent, the deep dissatisfaction with US foreign policy among American citizens today is not the spitting in the wind of change.
As Tony Gambino pointed out last year, US foreign policy has lacked clear foreign policy objectives since 1990. Since the fall of the Berlin wall US foreign policy is based on sentimental arguments by people like Susan Rice and Samantha Power. They use "genocide" as the focal point for intervention in Libya and elsewhere.
To call Ron Paul controversial while uncritically branding Susan Rice and Samantha Power as mainstream is just ludicrous. Their views certainly do not go unchallenged. Just read Alan J. Kuperman:
"Thus, I offer an alternative prescription: Give less support for violent insurgencies, more incentives for gradual reform, and golden parachutes for departing authoritarian leaders in cases in which forgiving past crimes is the price of preventing future ones."Alan J. Kuperman wrote in april on Obama's Libya intervention the article "false pretense for war in Libya?":
"EVIDENCE IS now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya. The president claimed that intervention was necessary to prevent a “bloodbath’’ in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and last rebel stronghold.It's not just mainstream America that is swimming towards Ron Paul, it's mainstream foreign policy experts that are on the move!
But Human Rights Watch has released data on Misurata, the next-biggest city in Libya and scene of protracted fighting, revealing that Moammar Khadafy is not deliberately massacring civilians but rather narrowly targeting the armed rebels who fight against his government."
While it's true that nearly ten years after seizing control of Republican foreign policy, neoconservatives and other hawks appear to be losing it, it's not quite clear how opposition against Barack Obama's foreign policy, based on "genocide", inside the democratic party is organising itself. Barack Obama still seems to think mainstream America is neoconservative like Michele Bachmann. As Will Goode comments:
"Michele Bachmann voted to extend the Patriot Act. She continues to support the nonsense wars on terror, Iraq and Afghanistan. Bachmann is another shill put in by the establishment (after Herman Cain) to draw interest away from Ron Paul. It's not working, because Ron Paul is rising in not only the polls, but in the mainstream media - Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, etc"The real battle is between Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann.
A bipartisan group of ten members of the U.S. House of Representatives have jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court today to stop the U.S. involvement in the war in Libya. The group consists of 6 Republicans and 4 Democrats. Ron Paul is on it, but Michele Bachmann isn't.
This issue is central to the Republican party, as Jim Demint explained at the New Orleans Republican Leadership Conference today: The difference between the US and other countries is that the US does not have a King.