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  •  there's a lesson here that needs to be learnt (3+ / 0-)

    by all special-interest groups (aka lobbies)

    whatever you do, don't tackle POTUS directly, he might well decide to fight for his own policies, and, moreover and even more important, most Americans are extremely pissed off by it

    two in a row now:
    bomb Syria
    increase Iran sanctions

    time for the US to be allowed to frame its own FP without special-interest interference

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 01:30:57 PM PST

    •  Netanyahu, Karzai, Mubarak, Musharraf (1+ / 0-)
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      All of them were/are more than willing to take massive US economic and military assistance while undermining US foreign policy. Well, you could make the case that at least Mubarak stayed bought once he was bought. But if I may wear my neo-imperialist hat for just a second, it seems a little rude for any of them to want all the benefits of being a client state without any of the responsibilities.

      Now I know that's an exaggeration. Netanyahu does not think of himself as a client of the United States, but rather he thinks of himself as a stakeholder, as much an American politician as an Israeli one. Like the GOP itself, he's not able to accept that he lost the last US Presidential election. He has tied Likud so closely to the GOP and so transparently undermined a sitting US president that its impossible not to bring up the issue of ingratitude. It's just a shame that this Administration would never use economic leverage as a gentle corrective.  

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 02:38:23 PM PST

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