2009 Policy Journal
Faculty and Staff Advisors
Articles included in the 2009 Policy Journal (edition # 13):
With the increasing likelihood that battlefields of the future will emerge from and around heavily civilian-populated areas, why does the U.S. maintain the belief that indiscriminate cluster munitions are a necessary military utility for waging war? While there is no simple answer, through my research, I show that although the U.S. is taking unilateral action through proposed legislation to tighten restrictions on the failure rate of cluster munitions, any use, manufacture, or sale of such weapons in the future will continue to be a violation of International Humanitarian Law. This will leave the government and the manufacturers susceptible to litigation.
America’s unconditional support for Israel is revealed as a burdensome relic of the Cold War. The contrast between U.S. and European opinion on the subject is explored, and U.S. backing of Israel is revealed to have reduced support for America’s other strategic objectives. American enabling of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land is shown to run counter to the interests of the U.S., as well as to the security & prosperity of Israel itself. Peace in the Middle East is demonstrated to be important and relevant to the American people, and U.S. involvement is key to that process. The American pro-Israel lobby is shown to be extremely influential, and unrepresentative of the beliefs of mainstream U.S. and Israeli citizenry. The paper concludes by exploring the true cost of aid to Israel, as well as the negative effects to U.S. and U.N. credibility and effectiveness, and demonstrates a possible solution that would encourage peace.