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  •  We have managed to persuade some countries that (1+ / 0-)
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    could easily and rapidly develop nuclear weapons not to do so, by explicitly guaranteeing their security.  If Japan, South Korea, Germany, Australia, Canada or a number of others ever conclude that the US can't be trusted to act in their interests during a crisis...

    Outside of our security orbit I fear you are justified in your pessimism.

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:35:02 AM PDT

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    •  One country at a time (0+ / 0-)

      For every country we form a security pact with - another country could just disrupt the whole thing by hurling their own nukes. Then we have obligations to get involved, just like the domino effect in World War I.

      And then there are all the people with apocalyptic One World Government conspiracy theories who will always be working to undermine whatever semblance of collective security we achieve.

      Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

      by breakingranks on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:28:33 PM PDT

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      •  So we walk up to the question of what to do. (1+ / 0-)
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        Rely on deterrence and containment in all cases?  Or are there instances in which preemptive force is justified?  Which set of risks is worse depends on specific perceptions and specific realities.

        Where are we, now that we need us most?

        by Frank Knarf on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 07:33:07 PM PDT

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