Posted by | January 17, 2010 11:13 | Filed under: Top Stories

General Paul Eaton (Ret.), who led coalition training of the Iraq military, says our response to the Haiti crisis can help redefine American power. For too long, our “power” has been defined by the size of our military and the wars we fight, how we respond to terrorism, and the rhetoric of our presidents.

But in the wake of the unfolding tragedy in Haiti, the U.S. can redefine what American power actually is while providing crucial assistance to the poorest nation in the hemisphere at its most vulnerable moment.

Out of this heartbreaking event, America can project a different image of its power – military, diplomatic, civilian, economic and development.

Sadly, for the last decade, the power projection of the United States has been defined almost exclusively by the Department of Defense and unwise executive leadership. What we have projected are stunningly competent young Americans in response to often incoherent objectives issued by the Bush administration.

For too long, writes Eaton, American power has been equated with military power. Here is our chance to bring the full range of American resources for the greater good. Now, that’s power.

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