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  •  Slightly less than a year ago (12+ / 0-)

    President Obama was inching toward a historic rapprochement with Iran, putting momentum behind continued reduction in the number of countries with nuclear weapons, and a collaborative relationship with Russia to bring a resolution to the Syrian civil war.

    Then the Saudis stamped their feet, the Nuland coup occurred in Ukraine, and the Islamic State of wherever this al-Baghdadi guy wants to rule started spreading across Iraq.

    And Cheney emerged from his vault.

    Seems like we are at the mercy of the neo-con wing of the US deep state once again.

    The public almost caught on in the drumbeat of war to take down Assad after the poison gas attacks of a year ago that we were being played by the Saudis and other Gulf states.  But we cannot depend on the British House of Commons again.

    Mid-term caution is the order of the day.  And President McCain keeps the narrative going about "toughness".  Heaven forbid that we catch on to the notion of recklessness.  And folly.

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    by TarheelDem on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 06:53:58 PM PDT

    •  "nuclear" should be "chemical" (10+ / 0-)

      Although it would be nice if Obama and Putin could agree to reduce stockpiles again just so that China and India and Pakistan can be brought into the conversation.

      The US Senate's AIPAC alliance prevents using the $3 billion in aid to Israel to make that country honest about its stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.

      50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

      by TarheelDem on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 06:57:04 PM PDT

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      •  China is convinced that it will one day rule over. (1+ / 0-)
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        .Southeast Asia.  It will never willingly reduce its stockpiles of nuclear or chemical weapons.

        And if the US wants to ensure that China doesn't threaten its interests in Southeast Asia, neither should it.

        With respect to the Middle East, for the first time ever, that region will ship more oil to China than to the USA.

        The US should militarily focus on Southeast Asia, not the Middle East.

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        by PatriciaVa on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 07:05:02 PM PDT

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        •  The US (9+ / 0-)

          ...should broaden its understanding of foreign policy beyond military strategy.  Politics, not fear, should start driving US foreign policy.

          I'm not sure what China is convinced of except that it will restore its relationships of having tributary nations surrounding it.   The US seeks tributary nations to the borders of other great powers and neglects and takes for granted the tributary nations on our borders.

          The US focused on Southeast Asia militarily during my youth.  It was not a good experience because of US arrogance and overemphasis on military force.  In case you forget, it resulted in pictures of US personnel leaving in a helicopter from a roof with US collaborators scrambling up the ladder seeking exile in the US.

          Until we fix the unreality with which we approach our foreign policy, similar disasters will continue to occur.

          A major help would be to revisit the expansive authorizations put in place during the Truman administration that continue to give us so many crises on so many fronts and threaten to undo what little democratic governance we ourselves have left.

          50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

          by TarheelDem on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 07:27:29 PM PDT

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        •  I think we're building up the (3+ / 0-)
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          US military in the Philippines now - is that good enough for you?

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          by dfarrah on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 09:21:06 PM PDT

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    •  McCain and Clinton II (5+ / 0-)

      made virtually identical statements about Ukraine.

      If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers. - Thomas Pynchon

      by chuckvw on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 07:53:53 PM PDT

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