A very interesting interview Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff from 2002 to 2005 which I decided to share. I have a brief comment though and a take away from this interview so here goes;
- One key misconception from the interview – in my opinion at least – is that decisions like the assassination of Qasem Soleimani are driven by national political considerations rather than any sense of strategy (long or short). At that face of it sounds credible but let me suggest that this decision and many others taken by this Trump administration are indeed decisions driven by the growing foreign influence in U.S. foreign policy; this is the real tragedy that poses tremendous danger not just in the United States but throughout conflict-riven regions of the world. As I keep repeating in almost every post Foreign Policy is no game and directly affects national security at so many levels than any other policy area.
- We really need to start thinking of Globalization as a synonym for Interconnectivity and a policy context in of itself not merely on an economic level but also on foreign policy and many other policy subject matters. This is not a philosophical concept nor an ideology but the reality we live today. So if we start building physical or mental walls behind which we devise strategy we are slowly discovering that these walls prevent us from developing sound/sustainable policies for our future while at same time we realize these gigantic walls that were built to protect us are in reality made of worthless thin paper held together with a sellotape; in other words national interest becomes a meaningless proposition in this scope/context.
Hope this makes sense and that you find this clip useful in some way.