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  •  If nothing else, our interventions in Iraq and... (26+ / 0-)

    Afghanistan (& Vietnam, and Iran and Cuba, etc) should have taught us that our use of military force has unpredictable and often uncontrollable consequences, and that we actually have far less influence or control of events in other nations than we like to think we have.

    •  Our use of Presidential Imperialism you mean.. (1+ / 0-)
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      LLPete

      where a President gets to make war on his own, and then, almost as an afterthought, ask Congress if its ok. The War Powers Act of 1973 is the worst piece of Reactionary-NeoFascist legislation ever enacted, and the results are now plain to see.. Perpetual War, a Standing Military 17 times larger than the top 10 nations COMBINED, a National Debt running out of contol, Lobbyists writing laws and paying for their passage, an Executive pre-chosen by the top Fortune 500 International Executives, and declining wages and standards of living for the peasants.

      Wake up, America. Its not our character flaws which are killing us, it is that insane law we live under.

      Gut the War Powers Act of 1973. Start today. Stand up for the Constitution and Human Rights. We may yet be allowed to take out Assad's Chemical Weapons use, but in any event, we will have re-established oursleves as a Government of the people, by the people and for the people.

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 08:21:02 AM PDT

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    •  Ok,... (0+ / 0-)

      agreed. But then what? Don't compare to other conflicts where America clearly screwed up. If we see clear and indisputable evidence that Assad used chemical weapons against Syrians (and I have NOT seen evidence that convinces me yet), are we to stand aside and say "your problem, not mine"?

      •  Yes, that would be an appropriate response (2+ / 0-)
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        Nannyberry, gerrilea

        People keep calling me an isolationist but heck I'll even give them the Monroe Doctrine.  You mess in my neighborhood, look out.  But we have to get over this idea that we are responsible for every square inch of the globe.

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