Stanley Hoffmann’s title “What Should U.S. Foreign Policy Be?” confines him to writing a prescriptive piece and far be it from me to fault an author for not doing what he didn’t set out to do. Still, I found myself wishing he had taken more than six lines to examine what American foreign policy actually is, as a rough guide to both the present and the future.
Hoffmann sums up the status quo as (1) an economic policy geared to blasting open markets, (2) a dodgy reliance on Yeltsin and (3) ad-hoc improvisations in the rest of the world. Fair enough, but offhand, I’d say there’s a good deal more to it than that and ask Stanley Hoffmann to go the extra mile and recognize that U.S. policy is also being made by default....
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