Winnie the Pooh could shape US foreign policy, Obama aideJune 17, 2008
Richard Danzig, who worked in the Bill Clinton administration as Navy Secretary could well be the next National Security Adviser in the Barack Obama administration if Obama is elected US President. Mr Danzig while addressing a foreign policy conference in Washington that there could be a drastic change in the US approach to the war on terrorism where influences from the pages of Winnie the Pooh shall be drawn. In other words – if somethings brings you unbearable pain, try something else. According to him "Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security."
Mr. Danzig spelt out that American spies, troops and anti-terrorist agencies could learn a lesson or two about the functioning and mentality of the terrorist and their desire to be like superheroes such as Luke Skywalker and emulate voilent British football fans. Barack Obama’s quest for US Presidency has received wide spread support in wake of his opposition to the Iraq war additionally some European nations too support his views.
His made his intentions quite clear when the choose to speak the lines from chapter one of the children's classic, which says: "Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head … sometimes he thinks there really is another way if only he could stop bumping a minute and think about it." Its more than certain that his views on the America lead war on terrorism is entirely different from what President Bush and his administration has been carrying out.
That’s not all, he also said though the Bush administration believes that the war on terrorism can be won, he thinks that even if the Weat manages to defeat individual terrorists the matter of nuclear proliferation or bioterrorism is altogether a different issue that might not have a definite end. Mr. Danzig also made references from his interview with jailed Aum Shinrikyo terrorists the culprits who released the sarin never gas on the Tokyo metro in the year 1995 and said he learnt a lot from them as well. According to him another lesson that can be learnt about the mental state of a terrorist is to compare them with British football hooligans and the violence involved in British soccer.