The Wild Card

Southasia - - Editor’s mail -

Your pro­file on U.S Repub­li­can Vice-Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Paul Ryan was beau­ti­fully and ar­tic­u­lately pre- sented. As U.S de­bates go into mo­tion, the Repub­li­can party has taken strong blows against its lack of for­eign ex­pe­ri­ence or ex­po­sure. While it is true that most in Amer­ica do not view for­eign pol­icy as a pri­or­ity, as op­posed to Pak­istan, the mere fact that the U.S con­tin­ues to be em­broiled in an eleven-year war in Afghanistan and is fac­ing heated back­lashes from Pak­istan, should make for­eign pol­icy a pri­or­ity for the next Pres­i­dent. Up till a few weeks back, it was clear that the U.S elec­tions this year, would fo­cus largely on re­build­ing the Amer­i­can econ­omy, re-an­a­lyz­ing health care and bring­ing the coun­try back on its feet. How­ever, vi­o­lent an­tiAmer­i­can out­breaks in the Mid­dle East and South Asia in re­sponse to a crude and dis­gust­ing ‘anti-Is­lam’ film have once again driven a grave fact home: Amer­ica is not a mono­lithic en­tity and must give for­eign pol­icy more at­ten­tion if it wishes to sur­vive in a global community where its ac­tions re­ver­ber­ate throughout the world. While the re­ac­tions from the Mus­lim world were not jus­ti­fied, Amer­ica needs a Pres­i­dent and Com­man­der-in-Chief who can­not only speak to the United States with author­ity and com­mit­ment to their ideals and se­cu­rity but can also ad­dress the world community with com­pas­sion, un­der­stand­ing and a de­sire to en­gage based on past ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise. It is highly un­cer­tain how well the Rom­ney-Ryan 2012 camp can pull of in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy. If its short, past record is any­thing to go by, the Republicans might be in quite a mess. Mon­ica Tal­madge

New York, USA

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