Керри против Буша: победит ли благоразумие?

Принимая во внимание факт гибели больше 1000 американцев в Ираке и огромное давление, оказываемое оккупацией этой отсталой страны на американские войска во всем мире, становится ясно, что впервые за многие десятилетия внешнеполитические вопросы могут определить исход президентских выборов в США. Простые американцы задаются теми же вопросами, что и люди во всем мире: "Как надо использовать мировое превосходство Америки? Какой ценой можно сохранить это превосходство? Какие пределы использования военной мощи США допустимы или необходимы?"

Эти вопросы давно доминируют в стратегических дебатах в Америке. Но после террористических актов 11-го сентября 2001 года они стали частью другой дискуссии, гораздо более важной для американских избирателей, чувствующих себя в опасности, а именно: "как могут альянсы и многосторонние организации защитить американских граждан?" Одно из больших достоинств Джона Керри - это противостояние смешению требований безопасности и мира с основными проявлениями "гипердержавности" США.

Представители националистических и неоконсервативных течений в администрации Буша считают, что односторонние действия лучше служат интересам США, поскольку меньше всего ограничивают могущество Америки. С их точки зрения, безопасность Америки можно обеспечить посредством активных военных действий совместно с союзниками или без их участия. Отсюда и стремление администрации Буша ослабить узы между США и их союзниками в рамках постоянных альянсов, включая НАТО.

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