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  •  Options for Obama (4+ / 0-)
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    When is Barack going to make any kind of a stab at giving an honest appraisal of what has gone on here? Is it just too damn dangerous politicaly for him to make an assesment like this in a Corporate Media Environment that seeks to paint him as "weak" [...]

    IMHO, radical re-education is not something Barack (or anyone) should attempt in a campaign. Any "honest appraisal" that would satisfy me would have to include a frank description of the kind of zero-sum imperialist mindset that has driven US foreign policy at least since WW2, and which in an extreme form has now gotten us mired in Iraq. That's way too much for most voters to wrap their heads around in just 2 1/2 months, given the propaganda soup they've been swimming in for their entire lives.

    So, what can Obama do? I'll go out on a limb to suggest an approach, something like this:

    "You know, it would help a lot if everyone would just calm down a little bit. Anger, fear, undue haste, and frankly, more than a little ignorance... these are the things that got us into Iraq. Without downplaying the seriousness of the situation in Georgia, I'd like to remind people that we don't make the best decisions when we're angry and afraid.

    "Now here's the message I would deliver to Russia, if I were president. America is not a timid nation, and will not be intimidated by this type of aggressive militarism. Neither will America stand by passively while our peaceful, democratic allies endure this type of assault.

    "I would remind our Russian friends that for more than a century, outcomes have not been good for nations that engage in military aggression. The present case is no exception. Russia and Georgia have much to lose and little to gain from this conflict. The same is true for the broader region, and for America and the rest of the world.

    "As president, I will have two very clear and equally important messages for Russia. First, we absolutely will not tolerate the kind of aggression that's happening right now in Georgia. Such behavior will come at a heavy cost to them, up to and including a military response of our own if that is warranted. Second, there are real advantages to be gained from peaceful, positive engagement, for both Russia and the United States. Far better for them to seek the rewards of positive engagement, than incur the costs of aggression."

    •  DBunn..... (2+ / 0-)
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      Rec a Hundred Times!
      Unfortunately. I agree with you on the Campaign aspects of re-education, especially in the media environment we find ourselves locked in.

      Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. ..John F. Kennedy

      by irishamerican on Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 11:31:05 AM PDT

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    •  Hm (0+ / 0-)

      Was your vagueness on the identity of the aggressors intended? (i.e. this could be read as threatening Russia or reassuring them, depending on one's perspective on the conflict)?

      During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

      by kyril on Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 04:11:23 PM PDT

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      •  Well (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not going to get into a discussion of who the "real" aggressor is in the present crisis. For the purposes of domestic political consumption, I think Americans will take it that the reference is to Russia, and there's probably at least some degree of truth to that.

        I do appreciate the irony of the ambiguity, however. Like this phrase:

        ... outcomes have not been good for nations that engage in military aggression.

        Bush's disastrous Iraq adventure comes to mind.

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