The U.S. Congress and the White House have chosen the latter course.
The Bush administration has been widely criticized worldwide for its go-it-alone foreign policy. But in one area the administration is enthusiastically embracing multilateralism, along with the Pentagon and U.S. defense corporations is missile defense..
In 2000 the top six U.S. military companies spent over $6.5 million in contributions to candidates and political parties.
The Bush administration is undermining the logic of deterrence--previously used to make weapons of mass destruction unthinkable in wartime due to certain retaliation--and making the use of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction all the more likely.
At one level there is a kind of donor fatigue, at another there are concerns about security in the country.
There are people of good will on both sides, people not blinded by the illusion that violence solves everything.
This week's official inauguration of the African Union (AU), which replaces the moribund Organization of African Unity (OAU), was held amid predictable fanfare.
" This is a "betrayal of capitalism" in which the "most fundamental principles of our market system were being flouted."
No one knows how big the problem of clandestine trafficking in radioactive materials is.
Freezing military aid to Israel would send a message that committing human rights violations is unacceptable.