Clark's Tale

Clark's Tale
digm provide examples of ideological distortion\r\nlegitimized by a value system immune\r\nto critical scrutiny. That Kissinger\r\nis probably unaware of the hierarchy of\r\nnormative control that determines his\r\nown thinking does not mean he is off the\r\nhook. A "self-revising" analyst—a bold\r\nthinker unbound by institutional loyalties\r\nand personal ambition —would deliberately\r\nseek the distinction between\r\nvalues and norms. Critically examining\r\nnorms —in this case, the continued utilitv\r\nof NATO as an institution —should\r\nnot be mistaken for attacking core values\r\n—American nahonal interests —and\r\nthus proposing a new hierarchy of control.\r\nKissinger's advocacy of a missile-defense\r\ns\\'stem is an example of his ideological\r\nthinking. "With all respect for the views of\r\nallies and other important countries, the\r\nUnited States cannot condemn its population\r\nto permanent vulnerability," says\r\nKissinger, a little pompously, before proceeding\r\nto list arguments against missile\r\ndefense in order to refute them. He does\r\nnot list—and, tlierefore, does not answer—\r\nthe right ones: the terrorist threats that, after\r\nSeptember 11, may well be biological\r\nrather than nuclear and that the method of\r\ndelivery will be a smuggled suitcase rather\r\nthan a ballistic missile. More importantly,\r\nKissinger does not see—or, anyway, does\r\nnot say—that the missile-defense "philosophy"\r\nassumes the desirability of global\r\nhegemony...

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