Re: Open Letter to Kenneth Roth
Why has Human Rights Watch Fallen Silent on Honduras?http://www.counterpunch.com/hylton08242009.html
How revealingly characteristic and disingenuous ... impossible for these neoliberal intellectuals to be unaware of HRW's role as a major pillar of U.S. / Israel / Soros NGO imperialist 'soft power' worldwide -- including recent US destabilization efforts in Iran.
Documented evidence and analyses from official as well as anti-imperialist / anti-zionists sources is widely available --- some included below -- much more available at
Michael J. Zwiebel is Director of Range Infrastructure and Investments, U.S. Army Developmental Test Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Wilkes University, an M.A. in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. reprinted by permission of the AWC and the author.
When one thinks of sovereign state power, the first thought is likely that of military capabilities. but the sovereign state has many instruments of power available to it, including diplomatic, informational, military, and economic (DiMe) instruments. in Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics, Joseph Nye, a former assistant secretary of Defense for international
security affairs and a recognized expert on international affairs and the effects of soft power, provides some useful observations on power and its relationship to the sovereign state. Power, Nye says, is “the ability to influence the behavior of others to get the outcomes you want.”2 Influence can be accomplished through forceful means, or hard power, such as military action or economic restrictions. Nye then describes an alternate source of power: soft power. He explains that soft power uses attraction to “get the outcomes you want without the tangible threats or payoffs.”3