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Barack Obama aide: Why Winnie the Pooh should shape US foreign policy
[QUOTE][B]Barack Obama aide: Why Winnie the Pooh should shape US foreign policy
By Tim Shipman in Washington
Winnie the Pooh, Luke Skywalker and British football hooligans could shape the foreign policy of Barack Obama if he becomes US President, according to a key adviser. [/B]
Richard Danzig, who served as Navy Secretary under President Clinton and is tipped to become National Security Adviser in an Obama White House, told a major foreign policy conference in Washington that the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else.
Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.”
He spelt out how American troops, spies and anti-terrorist officials could learn key lessons by understanding the desire of terrorists to emulate superheroes like Luke Skywalker, and the lust for violence of violent football fans.
Mr Obama’s candidacy was given an early boost by his opposition to the Iraq war and he has repeatedly said the US needs to rethink its approach to the Middle East.
Mr Danzig spelt out the need to change by reading a paragraph from chapter one of the children’s classic, which says: “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down stairs. But sometimes he thinks there really is another way if only he could stop bumping a minute and think about it.”
Mr Obama’s approach will be popular in Europe, where President George W. Bush has spent the week on a farewell tour, arriving in Britain yesterday for meetings with the Queen and Gordon Brown.
In a subtle break from Mr Bush’s belief that the war on terror can be won, Mr Danzig, who is a Pentagon adviser on bioterrorism, warned that while the West can defeat individual terrorist groups and plots, it can never entirely remove the threat posed by nuclear proliferation or the prospect of bioterrorism.
In a briefing which will inform Mr Obama’s understanding of terrorists, Mr Danzig said he learnt much from recent interviews with jailed Aum Shinrikyo terrorists who released sarin nerve gas on the Tokyo underground in 1995.
He said that even people who are relatively well off and successful can feel like failures and become alientated from their societies. He said one terrorist told him: “We have been raised on a theory of superheroes. We all want to be like Luke Skywalker.
"When we’re doing mundane things, we lose track of our ambition but when someone comes along, like Asahara, the head of the cult, and presents himself as a messiah and gives us a picture of progress that is ordained by heaven and that we are carrying out a saintly mission on earth that is for us extraordinarily evocative.”
Mr Danzig added: “The parallels with al Qaeda are obvious.”
He said that another lesson about terrorists can be learnt from studying violent football fans. “One of the best books I’ve read on terrorism in recent years was not about terrorism at all,” he said. “It’s Bill Buford’s book Among the Thugs, which is a description of soccer violence in Britain.
“Buford became absorbed by soccer violence. He describes the most appalling examples of soccer violence by fans against fans. But he describes with relentless honesty how he finds sickening things attractive. He says violence lets the adrenaline flow; it’s like sex, you live in the moment.” [/QUOTE]
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[QUOTE=CTM;2586323]Yes. Of course it is. Along with 100 other things that Obama wants to do. Now that Clinton appears to be dead I'm largely republican leaning (although I don't like the Obama's a Muslim scare tactics)
I'm hoping McCain picks Romney for VP, so I can vote for someone this time out..[/QUOTE]
of course this has nothing to do with obama's a muslim scare tactic...it has a potential NSA claiming Winnie the Pooh should be the fundamental text on national security....
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Mr. Danzig served as Secretary of the Navy in the Clinton administration from November 1998 to January 2001 and was Undersecretary of the Navy from November 1993 to May 1997. In between, he was a Traveling Fellow in Asia and Europe for the Center of International Political Economy and an Adjunct Professor at Maxwell's School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He previously served on our Board from 1987 to 1993 while he was a partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins. [B]He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, a consultant to the U.S. government, a member of the Department of Homeland Security "Net Assessment" Panel on Bioterrorism, a director of the Center for New American Security, a member of the U.S. Military Southern Counsel Advisory Board, and a Nunn Prize Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Analysis. Mr. Danzig is a graduate of Reed College and , Inc. and Saffron Hill Investors [/B](private). [/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=Come Back to NY;2586306]CTM- unlike to other brain dead leftists on this thread I know you can think for yourself-
also has degrees from Yale Law School and from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Danzig is a director of Human Genome Sciences
that said are you going to tell me this is not disconcerting considering this clown could be NSA???[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=Come Back to NY;2586339][B]of course this has nothing to do with obama's a muslim scare tactic[/B]...it has a potential NSA claiming Winnie the Pooh should be the fundamental text on national security....[/QUOTE]
trust me, I'm not voting Obama ..0% chance...
I wish the repub's had something better to offer though..
I respect McCain for his service to this country, but he's not presidential to me..