US Foreign Policy Disastrous: Press TV with Jim Dean

WWI  poison gas  casualties - the blind leading the the American Congress and the White House
WWI poison gas casualties – the blind leading the blind…like the American Congress and the White House

 “War is just a continuation of diplomacy, by other means.”Otto von Bismarck


… by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor,    with  Press TV, Tehran


The current foreign policy of the US cannot be described as “American exceptionalism” but as “disastrous,” says Jim W Dean, managing editor and columnist at VT.

The 2:22 minute phone interview is here.
Bismark's famous quote of, "War is just a different form on diplomacy by other means", is still with us
Bismark’s famous quote of, “War is just a continuance of diplomacy by other means”, is still with us

A recent New York Times and CBS News poll, which was taken before President Barack Obama’s UN speech, has found that half of the American people disapprove of Obama’s foreign policy when it comes to Iran and Syria.

“The American policy [of] carrot and stick, you know, do what we want and we will give you this but if you don’t we’re going to hit you with a military strike, we don’t really see this as American exceptionalism, we just consider it a disastrous policy,” said Dean in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Dean praised Iran’s call for diplomatic negotiations with the West to resolve the standoff over its nuclear energy program and said Iran’s attitude has left Washington with no option but to seek diplomacy.

“With the tremendous diplomacy that Iran has used, it really kind of boxed the West and the US and they’re really having no option now but to pursue some kind of diplomatic resolution,” said Dean.

However, on the issue of US policy towards Syria, Dean said Obama “is still in this crazy mode of standing in front of the UN and saying we want to reset diplomacy with Iran but with Syria we want to pursue diplomacy but we want to hold a gun to their head with a military option.”

According to the New York Times and CBS News poll, some 68 percent of Americans believe Washington does not have a responsibility to do something about the conflict in Syria.



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Jim W. Dean was an active editor on VT from 2010-2022.  He was involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews.