Sunday, May 22, 2005

I guess the NEOCON Agenda isn't moving fast enough?

U.S. to transform the way it deals with Middle East (By Reuters, in Haaretz)

The U.S. government intends to transform the way it deals with the Middle East, introducing an interventionist foreign policy that focuses on political and economic reform, Robert Zoellick, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, said Friday.

The new policy will replace traditional diplomacy conducted through U.S. embassies, Zoellick said, with pressure to adopt the Bush Administration's ideals of free trade and democracy in the Middle East.

... "The old days of a foreign policy characterized only by the meetings and machinations of diplomatic statecraft are past," Zoellick said during a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum conference at this Dead Sea resort.

The article goes on to say the U.S. will provide economic funding widely, and that it will be tied to demands for political and economic reforms.

In other words, they want to go full steam ahead, and steamroll the neocon agenda to reshape the middle east.