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  •  U R still terribly mistaken (0+ / 0-)

    Simply claiming that anyone who isn't an uber-pacifist believes in "American Exceptionalism" is a bogus substitute for having a valid position.

    The US is performing the service of global watchdog for our benefit, not for theirs.

    And again, I agree we shouldn't keep building weapon systems regardless of cost which are designed for historical enemies. That isn't what Walt is arguing, though, so that isn't the position you are defending.

    You really need to do a better job reading the comments you're responding to, FC, because I've already said that I do like "isolationism". I also think it should be balanced by realpolitik, rather than constituting the entirety of our foreign policy, as you and Walt are advocating.

    •  These are your words (1+ / 0-)
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      What I would actually say if I was saying is that the US must be the guardian of the world because the world needs a guardian,

      That is based in American Exceptionalism, and no one but Americans are buying it anymore.

      You keep saying I have not read your comments properly, but you were the one who brought up Pearl Harbor and the Holocaust as if it were some permanent lesson that should always apply. This is the essential position of the Am. FP Esatblishment whether it is Neo-con or Liberal Interventionist--as covered by Walt.

      We can't afford this positioning, and it does not work. We are not safer and we are spending more money than ever, and you have not come up with a single argument that shows otherwise, other than vague references to a doctrine that seems to say the US should be able to respond to any threat, anywhere etc. and this is exactly the bunk that Walt, Bacevich and I will argue against any time--this is the set of ideas that is destroying us. You can't have perpetual war for perpetual peace--it's an oxymoron.

      You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

      by FrankCornish on Wed Apr 06, 2011 at 08:18:45 AM PDT

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      •  Bullshit (0+ / 0-)

        The very fact that you cut off the end of the quote which explains WHY the US fills that role (and was specifically not "because we are exceptional", but closer to 'because we are available to do it' - I paraphrase only because you've already misinterpreted it the first time and I have no reason to believe you wouldn't do it again) indicates how dishonest your approach to this discussion is. I shall therefore cease bothering with it.

        Thanks for your time. Hope it helps.

        •  Have no fear, (0+ / 0-)

          I will not engage in such a pointless discussion with you again.

          You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

          by FrankCornish on Thu Apr 07, 2011 at 06:40:53 AM PDT

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