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  •  He also was better than most Presidents in dealing (0+ / 0-)

    with Africa, especially with regard to the AIDS epidemic.

    Mind you, that was a very low bar to begin with, but credit where credit is due.

    I'm OK -- mostly -- with free trade, except that our policies need to recognize that capital can move around the world more freely than it did in the old days and that a nation does have a national defense interest in keeping its people working and productive.

    I agree that Mexicans, Africans, Vietnamese and all should prosper, but that's an issue for their governments more than ours.  Our government is charged with protecting American interests.

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    by dinotrac on Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 11:08:10 AM PST

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      Africa, especially with regard to the AIDS epidemic.

      That's PEPFAR.
      a nation does have a national defense interest in keeping its people working and productive.

      Wait a minute, you're sounding like a liberal Democrat. And that's an issue on which I agree with liberal Democrats.
      I agree that Mexicans, Africans, Vietnamese and all should prosper, but that's an issue for their governments more than ours.  Our government is charged with protecting American interests.

      Treating people decently is always in American interests. That's what has traditionally made us exceptional. The notion that we should look out for our own short-term profit and screw everything and everybody else is both shortsighted and distressingly common among the worst countries in the world--countries we certainly don't want to be lumped with.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 11:22:45 AM PST

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    •  His AIDS aid program for Africa (1+ / 0-)
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      was the ONLY good thing I can think of that GW did, from my point of view.

      And yes, you need to preface the kind of argument you were making with the statement that you are a conservative. It's assumed that anyone posting here who is not known to be a conservative is at least left of center. That's less true among Daily Kos Elections regulars, but we don't generally post things like you did, instead concentrating on analysis of campaigns and elections.

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      by MichaelNY on Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 09:29:55 PM PST

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