From Crusader to Exemplar: Bush, Obama and the Reinvigoration of America’s Soft Power
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I have no illusions that this will be easy. And Jerusalem will be part of those negotiations. George W Bush had hoped to secure a deal on a Palestinian state.
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He sponsored peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the hope of securing a deal on a Palestinian state before he left office.
Informer president Bill Clinton also came to office saying he supported 'the principle' of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem Photo: Former president Bill Clinton said he too wanted to move the US embassy. Reuters But this wasn't a promise. In an increasingly interdependent world, the US had an opportunity to use its culture, values and policies to attract others and generate support for its goals and aspirations, and to shape others preferences through leading by example.
In focusing attention on the role of ideas, values and culture, Nye made a seminal contribution to the debate over US foreign policy and offered a welcome corrective to a debate dominated by Realist discourse, with its emphasis on states, power and military force.
Very often it is US policies and actions that are the source of discontent, but as Barber rightly notes, the exporting of US values and culture have not been universally welcomed. Despite lacking foreign policy experience, Clinton was a president who intuitively grasped the changed context of the post-Cold War era, and the challenges posed by globalization and interdependence.
The problem for the Clinton Administration was that it found multilateral endeavors 6more complicated in practice than in principle. Bush and the neo-conservatives. Wright Mills had spoken of during the Cold War, seemingly still exerting a profound influence on US policymakers. But the militant imperiousness of the Bush administration is fundamentally inconsistent with the ideals they claim to invoke.
Rumsfeld himself was famously ignorant of the concept. Although the Bush Administration did engage with the UN, it was evident that it was paying only lip-service to an institution that Republicans had constantly derided through the s.
On 7 February,President Bush signed a secret order suspending the Geneva conventions. In Aprilthe 82nd Airborne division shot a group of demonstrators who had gathered to protest the presence of US forces, killing 17, and in another incident two days later, shot three protestors.
US actions also precipitated an influx of foreign jihadis which further fuelled the insurgency, and gave rise to the Al Anbar Awakening of Francis Fukuyama, a former neoconservative who opposed the Iraq War, argued the Bush Administration had failed to understand the adverse reaction its policies had generated, claiming Legitimacy is important to us not simply because we want to feel good about ourselves, but because it is useful.
Other people will follow the American lead if they believe that it is legitimate; if they do not, they will resist, complain, obstruct or actively oppose what we do. In this respect, it matters not what we believe to be legitimate, but rather what other people believe is legitimate. US policymakers have a tendency to assume US power is benign and that US global leadership is actively desired by many around the world.
In some instances, such as Bosnia or Kosovo for example, the projection of American hard power was seen as vital in stemming gross violations of basic human rights. Despite this, others saw the US-led NATO intervention as a violation of international law, and one which caused the unnecessary deaths of civilians. The point here is that American power is inherently subjective, with perceptions of it as benign or malign wholly dependent on the different interpretative lenses through which it is viewed.
Perceptions matter, however, and whilst there has been a tendency for successive US administrations to disregard how others view American power, it was a problem particularly prevalent within the Bush administration.
It presents overwhelming problems for you and overwhelming problems for your allies. Majorities in 19 of the 24 countries in the survey had little or no confidence in President Bush, including Britain, Germany, France and Spain. Obama made clear his intentions by surrounding himself with former Clinton-era advisers, schooled in the art of diplomacy and negotiation. Such an approach derived from a view of the world far removed from that of George W.
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Upon taking office, he issued four executive orders: There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. Obama asserted the American narrative and was unabashedly proud of it; he was an authentic American nationalist.
But he did not imagine that he could make progress with the rest of the world dependent on the world sharing that narrative. It was for such vision that Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize was an awkward moment for a President in office for less than a year and was premature, only adding to the weight of expectations on already burdened shoulders.
I am the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars … I'm responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land And so I come here with an acute sense of the costs of armed conflict — filled with difficult questions about the relationship between war and peace, and our effort to replace one with the other. His decision to increase the US presence by committing an additional 35, troops in December seemed to undermine his parallel efforts to reshape the narrative of US foreign policy.
The US government accepted it as such, although the incident raised much controversy, and some still believe it to be deliberate. Johnson's presidency America's policy took a definite turn in the pro-Israeli direction". Following the war, the perception in Washington was that many Arab states notably Egypt had permanently drifted toward the Soviets. Inwith strong support from Congress, Johnson approved the sale of Phantom fighters to Israel, establishing the precedent for US support for Israel's qualitative military edge over its neighbors.
However, the US continued to provide military equipment to Arab states such as Lebanon and Saudi Arabiato counter Soviet arms sales in the region. Previously unknown information was subsequently shared with the US. These designs were also shared with the United States. Rogers formally proposed the Rogers Planwhich called for a day cease-fire and a military standstill zone on each side of the Suez Canal, to calm the ongoing War of Attrition.
It was an effort to reach agreement specifically on the framework of UN Resolutionwhich called for Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in and mutual recognition of each state's sovereignty and independence. Despite the Labor-dominant Alignmentsformal acceptance of UN and "peace for withdrawal" earlier that year, Menachem Begin and the right wing Gahal alliance were adamantly opposed to withdraw from the Palestinian Territories ; the second-largest party in the government resigned on 5 August No breakthrough occurred even after President Sadat of Egypt in unexpectedly expelled Soviet advisers from Egypt, and again signaled to Washington his willingness to negotiate.
National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger 's peace proposal based on "security versus sovereignty": Israel would accept Egyptian sovereignty over all Sinaiwhile Egypt would accept Israeli presence in some of Sinai strategic positions.
In OctoberEgypt and Syria, with additional Arab support, attacked Israeli forces occupying their territory since the war, thus starting the Yom Kippur War. Despite intelligence indicating an attack from Egypt and Syria, Prime Minister Golda Meir made the controversial decision not to launch a pre-emptive strike. Meir, among other concerns, feared alienating the United States, if Israel was seen as starting another war, as Israel only trusted the United States to come to its aid.
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In retrospect, the decision not to strike was probably a sound one. Later, according to Secretary of State Henry Kissingerhad Israel struck first, they would not have received "so much as a nail". On 6 Octoberduring the Jewish holiday of Yom KippurEgypt and Syria, with the support of Arab expeditionary forces and with backing from the Soviet Union, launched simultaneous attacks against Israel.
The resulting conflict is known as the Yom Kippur War. The Egyptian Army was initially able to breach Israeli defenses, advance into the Sinai, and establish defensive positions along the east bank of the Suez Canalbut they were later repulsed in a massive tank battle when they tried to advance further to draw pressure away from Syria. The Israelis then crossed the Suez Canal.
Major battles with heavy losses for both sides took place. At the same time, the Syrians almost broke through Israel's thin defenses in the Golan Heights, but were eventually stopped by reinforcements and pushed back, followed by a successful Israeli advance into Syria. Israel also gained the upper hand in the air and at sea early in the war. Days into the war, it has been suggested that Meir authorized the assembly of Israeli nuclear bombs.
This was done openly, perhaps in order to draw American attention, but Meir authorized their use against Egyptian and Syrian targets only if Arab forces managed to advance too far.
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Meir asked Nixon for help with military supply. After Israel went on full nuclear alert and loaded their warheads into waiting planes, Nixon ordered the full scale commencement of a strategic airlift operation to deliver weapons and supplies to Israel; this last move is sometimes called "the airlift that saved Israel". However, by the time the supplies arrived, Israel was gaining the upper hand. Kissinger realized the situation presented the United States with a tremendous opportunity—Egypt was totally dependent on the US to prevent Israel from destroying the army, which now had no access to food or water.
The position could be parlayed later into allowing the United States to mediate the dispute, and push Egypt out of Soviet influences.
As a result, the United States exerted tremendous pressure on the Israelis to refrain from destroying the trapped army. In a phone call with Israeli ambassador Simcha DinitzKissinger told the ambassador that the destruction of the Egyptian Third Army "is an option that does not exist". The Egyptians later withdrew their request for support and the Soviets complied. After the war, Kissinger pressured the Israelis to withdraw from Arab lands; this contributed to the first phases of a lasting Israeli-Egyptian peace.