Discussing a draft declaration from South American and Arab State leaders, a United States government operative lists a series of “anti-American digs” against the US and Israel that were later excluded from the text.
What is considered anti-American is stunning and revealing. This quiet, unassuming cable shows a bizarre and expansive US foreign policy agenda in 2005.
Among statements considered to be anti-American:
- Reaffirming the necessity of resolving all conflicts non-violently;
- Emphasizing the importance of respecting the unity, sovereignty, and independence of Iraq, and not interfering in its internal processes;
- Committing to implementing all UN resolutions non-selectively;
- Recognizing the need for protection of intellectual property, but not when it affects national development, especially in terms of national health policies;
- Emphasizing the need to eliminate distortions (subsidies) in agriculture, which impede developed nations from exploiting comparative advantages;
- Welcoming the recent entry into force of the Kyoto Agreement, and calling on the international community to better protect the global climate.
The cable also described aspirations for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East as “anti-Israeli sentiment”.
An unusually clear window into a USG operatives’s worldview at the time.