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View Diary: 'We don’t have a strategy yet.' is in fact President Obama's strategy. See why. (42 comments)

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  •  I'm fine w/ don't do stupid s**t as a strategy (14+ / 0-)

    esp. given the amount of stupid s%&t that has been done by those who were absolutely convinced that they had a grand strategy that others lacked.  I wish that our 2016 nominee designate had not dismissed this approach.

    This country went through a necessary re-examination of foreign policy priorities after the utter fiasco of Vietnam.  No such re-examination has taken place after the even bigger fiasco of Iraq.  The whole "look forwards not backwards" strategy has enabled the people who got us into that mess to advise that we come back for more in response to the current mess.

    The 2 main problems w/ Obama's approach are that it's not widely shared w/in the foreign policy establishment and that those inside that establishment who lied us into an unncessary and disastrous war were never called to account.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 09:59:52 AM PDT

    •  Michael Gergen, peddler of (3+ / 0-)

      stale conventional wisdom, was on CNN explaining that the US has been hampered by a Vietnam Syndrome, a reluctance to get involved in foreign crises.

      This is nonsense. Already by 1977, even before the Soviets sent forces into Afghanistan, the US was giving military assistance to the muhajidin. In the 1980s and 1990s the US got involved in Lebanon, Nicaragua,Panama, Iraq, Somalia, and Serbia; then under Bush and Cheney, Iraq again and Afghanistan; etc. etc.

      What Vietnam Syndrome??

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