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The Conundrum of ‘Democratic’ CoupsComment:F. G. Sanford on March 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm said:Some have puzzled over the apparent disconnect between our stated democratic goals and our actions which speak much louder than words. Policies that seem inexplicable or at cross purposes continue to emerge, and those who counter with reasonable alternatives are routinely discounted or ridiculed. If there is any unifying doctrine that holds this self-contradictory foreign policy strategy together, it must be one that explains the so-called “pivot to the east” as well as the seemingly foolhardy efforts to extend influence into Eurasia.Many refer to the “guru”, the “Rasputin”, the “Merlin”, or the foreign policy “genius” who seems to be the author of many of these policies. Zbigniew Brzezinski, in his book, “The Grand Chessboard”, uses many of the 19th century catchwords of imperialism. He makes little effort to disguise them. And, they sound familiar on another level. Geostrategy, a subfield of geopolitics, represents a foreign policy discipline. Critics argue that it lends an air of respectability to the imperialistic designs of hegemonic powers in perhaps the same manner that “responsibility to protect” rationalizes military intervention. It leads to incorrect foreign policy conclusions due to irrelevant concepts, technological advances and cultural misinterpretations.A search for a nearly mirror-image historical foreign policy precedent easily provides one. Geopolitik is the uniquely German version of geostrategy. Karl Haushofer may not have laid the foundation, but he certainly erected the pillars of these disastrous concepts. In advocating the concept of “liebensraum”, he specified the essential need for strategic control of Eurasia. Alliance with Italy and Japan were deemed indispensable for naval defense of Eurasian interests. If that sounds like a “pivot to the east”, it should. What, after all, is the difference between Taranto and Sevastopol? Or Japan and South Korea?I posit that there is no foreign policy “genius” here to be lauded or respected. By changing a few key words and substituting some euphemisms, a thoroughly discredited and potentially disastrous 19th century ideology has been resuscitated and passed off as scholarly wisdom and respectable statesmanship. This man and his ideas are a danger to America and perhaps to civilization itself. I would like to see some serious historian explore the Haushofer-Brzezinski dipole. Hausehofer may be dismissed as a ‘man of his time’, but in the 21st century, Brzezinski a veritable ‘Dr. Strangelove’.
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