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  •  I wouldn't use the word 'neo-con' to describe the (5+ / 0-)

    foreign policy of Obama's administration. The neo-cons have been very outspoken about their dissatisfaction.

    I don't believe that we have a word for the foreign policy in force today. That's why I play with the term Obama Doctrine in my writing. Having a name for something is powerful.

    If we no longer have neo-con foreign adventures, that still doesn't say much about what we do have.  

    What do you think about Afghanistan and the proposal for a post-2014 follow-on force? What about the cultivation of poppies for heroin currently at unprecedented levels? Is it to be ignored or is it a legacy of the 12 years of American presence? Where does all that heroin go?

    Look at a map. Iran, where there is a market for it, and a number of addicts never seen before.  Iran's northwest border leads to the Caucasus and Russia, where a lot of Afghanistan heroin ends up.

    Americans are spared of having to ever think about Afghanistan even though there are still 60,000 troops there.

    You only know what they tell you.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:36:20 PM PST

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    •  Imperialism is a good old fashion word. n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  That's been a problem since Clinton (0+ / 0-)

      Bill Clinton had the golden opportunity after the end of the Cold War to redefine American foreign policy and he frittered away his second term.  So Dick Cheney and the neo-cons redefined it.  Obama doesn't seem to much give a damn.  Go with the flow.  He's no neo-con.  He's no warmonger.  But he doesn't care enough to bother trying to set a new course.  And HRC seems to be too worried about getting funding from the lobbies to do anything but maintain the status quo which will be swell until the bloated Imperial Empire collapses under the weight of the defense contracts and foreign commitments we can't afford.

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