In an interview over Awani, Khairy Jamaludin aka KJ, said something on Obama’s foreign policies. It is something capable of general application. It concerns changes in policy. There is a big difference between changes which are cosmetic which are meant for public consumption and at the opposite end, changes which are substantive.
Take the case of Obama’s Middle East Policies. Especially on
What Obama has done is to change his style- from using lobbyists to using hardened advisors who are set in their style and prejudices. Thus, a change in style does not necessarily entail a change in substance.
Another key Obama adviser, Anthony Lake: he was the main force behind the US invasion of Haiti in the mid-Clinton years during which they brought back Aristide essentially in political chains, pledged to support a World Bank/IMF overhaul of the economy, which resulted in an increase in malnutrition deaths among Haitians and set the stage for the current ongoing political disaster in Haiti.
Another Obama adviser, General Merrill McPeak, an Air Force man, who not long after the Dili massacre in
Another key Obama adviser, Dennis Ross. Ross, for many years under both Clinton and Bush 2, a key--he has advised
Another Obama adviser, Sarah Sewall, who heads a human rights centre at Harvard and is a former Defence official, she wrote the introduction to General Petraeus's Marine Corps/Army counterinsurgency handbook, the handbook that is now being used worldwide by US troops in various killing operations. That's the Obama team.
Therefore, as regards policies concerning
Why is it difficult to alter substantive changes? Because the old ways and habits have been ingrained in the American psyche. Obama grew up in such a culture and is likely to internalise some of these unchangeable values. Therefore calling for changes will be a daunting task for Obama.
Sakmongkol has given his congratulations to Obama. He knows he is just following the crowd. If one doesn’t congratulate Obama, one can be accused of being a bad sport. Anti change or whatever.
Sakmongkol has also given his reservations on president elect Obama. Or rather,
The principal reason for the rise of the new American cultural hegemony is the supreme confidence gained from the Obama victory. It teaches that anything is possible. Translated into geo-political terms, it will mean, the imposition of liberal democracy is possible anywhere. That will usher in a period of greater American interference in the domestic polices of independent countries. With people like Brzezinsky leading the charge, the Obama years will see a resurgence in American pro-activism..
People like Anwar Ibrahim and his roving band of bourgeois idealists, will warm up to Obama’s bandwagon.
It is very difficult to find one politician who is willing to hold a contrary view. We would like to see what our young leaders say about this matter. Muhkriz who has adopted a similar battle cry of dare to change, should say something about this. We want to see how he can bring out substantive changes in Pemuda UMNO in particular and UMNO in general. We are also all ears to Khir Toyo’s
Therefore, sakmongkol respectfully begs to differ, when people make it their avowed claims to change. He is not easily convinced. Please prove him wrong.
Easier said than done. More shadow to the substance. More hustle to the bustle!.