A coalition of the bought off

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An interesting article from the Chicago Tribute:

The coalition of the willing, said security analyst Loren Thompson, is really a coalition of the bought off.”

“If the Bush administration wants a coalition of the willing, it had better give them a reason to be willing,” said Thompson, who directs the Lexington Institute, a public-policy think tank. “But when you have to buy people off to do it, you have to think about the risks.”

Others contend that the United States is busy arming nations that had been prohibited from receiving lethal U.S. weapons because of poor human-rights records and abusive militaries. Those countries include Yugoslavia, Uzbekistan and Indonesia.

They also say the U.S. policy of trading arms for support may serve to fuel regional conflicts with a wave of modern and highly effective weaponry.

More on this at the NoWarBlog.