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If we were employed by any government agency engaged in the sales and marketing of Democracy and Freedom, we’d be worried about the impending pink slips. It appears prospective customers are lining up around the globe for this stuff. It’s amazing how fickle the world can be, at times.

In the old days, we’d have to stomp all over the planet hawking the features and benefits of Democracy like a snake oil pitchman. We would tirelessly, soft and hard sell clusters of weary malcontents, scattered about with promises of normalcy through equality that Democracy inherently brings.

We invested billions in highlighting the advantages of freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the indispensability of a free press. When we brought out the closer -the value of human dignity -  we thought the Arab world was going to drop to its feet with praise and acceptance.

Not three years ago, you couldn’t sell the concept of freedom to those in the Middle East at any price. America damn near had to shove Democracy down the throat of Iraq by invading their country, deposing and disposing of their dictator, while setting up a nationalist government replete with elections at the cost of trillions to the US taxpayer.

Unfortunately, for some ungodly reason, they just didn’t bite. Perhaps, the only problem with our perfect pitch for Democracy in the past was marred by the cost. Delivery was always conditional upon the unfettered access to the prospective client’s natural resources.

And now, inexplicably, Arab states are literally pleading and bleeding for just a taste of the dignity that floods the soul and the senses from Democratic principles. Democracy has seemingly hit the Arab street like a genetically designed super drug.

Hence, the recent thirst for Democracy is only exceeded by our inability to meet the challenge of delivery. But as gleeful as we should be, we must be mindful that some, hungering for this thing called Freedom, might want theirs in a different flavor. Perhaps America was only pushing vanilla, when chocolate, strawberry and pistachio were favored.

Maybe one size Democracy doesn’t fit all. Consider the Israelis for instance.  They claim to be the only Democracy in their region, but Israel’s version is hardly a direct comparison to that of the good old USA’s. Ask any Arab living in Israel and see what they’ll tell you.

Nevertheless, the demand for what America stands for is huge. New orders are coming in daily.  Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Algeria and Saudi Arabia have all rushed to Democracy’s window of thirty-one flavors. Willing to pay with blood, Arab youth have signed up to spend dangerous nights in the streets for their first version of Democracy, like an American would at an Apple store anticipating a product launch.  Sales have never been so good.

But despite an adequate supply, the idiots in Congress could foul up democracy’s delivery supply chain. Instead of focusing on generating policies to put America back to work, Congressional morons are meddling in foreign policy issues far too fluid, complicated and diverse for them to comprehend.

Stupidly running about like Chicken Little, chirping, “OMG what now, who is next, why these rebels and not those protestors”, Congress and the domestic media that informs them, lack the capacity of absorbing more than one pixel of an expanding mosaic at a time. At the rate those on Capital Hill are capable of responding to the speed of change, they are proving to be nothing more than a tragic impediment to world progress.

In the President’s speech tonight, he’ll be smart to lay out a basic template of future US emergency interventions, based upon a prioritization of individual need, circumstance and humanitarian conditions. The concept of warring, as we’ve known it, is not this presidency’s mode of operation.

He may have to prepare the nation and world, for hopscotch of missions throughout a patchwork of Arab nations and beyond, as events present themselves. He must be the purveyor of a “new/fresh” global approach to international problem solving. As nations’ interests become more interlocked with one another, progressive crisis management methods must be adopted to reflect the world as it turns today.

The President can use this opportunity to introduce the Obama Global Conflict Resolution Doctrine.  Reliance on the US to assume the lion’s share of any military or humanitarian burden is the standard operating procedure of yesteryear. Save for exceptional circumstances, America’s unilateral military option is no longer considered a preference. Moving forward, each nation will be responsible for contributing their own unique capabilities to assist in any given conflict and or crisis.

The future of international disputes or internal civil strife will be addressed in an international forum, with respective regional neighbors taking the lead to defuse and or circumvent violent confrontations. Predetermined thresholds of incompliance with international law will automatically trigger a quick response from the world community of nation states. All nations will be held to one single standard of humanity, including heretofore teacher’s pets like Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The global community will hold any nation accountable for failing to afford all civilians within their borders basic universal rights. Barack Obama must rebrand himself as the humanitarian the Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded him for preemptively.

At the same time, Congress must be reminded that the geopolitical landscape is reshaping itself by the minute and no policy developed today will necessarily be viable tomorrow. If they are looking for simple answers to questions that have never been asked before, they’ll just have to wait and watch with the rest of the world, as more nimble minds manage these transitions.

When you’re navigating in uncharted territory, you have to be clever enough to stay loose, while being wise enough to remain connected.

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  •  The only thing I'd add is that (1+ / 0-)
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    Floande

    example obviously talks louder than words.  Having witnessed both democracy-in-a-box (popularity contest elections) and democracy in action, the peoples of the Middle East are voting with their feet, rather than purple fingers.

    http://www.youtube.com/cyprespond

    by hannah on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 03:11:31 AM PDT

  •  What makes you think they mean democracy (1+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter

    as we see it, and what makes you think they mean it for the people and not just them?

      We have our own model of this in the Surpreme Court and Bush, and let's not forget small gummint Republicans.  They deserve small government, and "we" need big brother to tell us what to do.

    Words are so easily used to mislead, purposely or inadvertantly.  

     

    If you don't stand for something, eventually you stand for nothing.

    by dkmich on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 03:28:08 AM PDT

  •  One more thing. (5+ / 0-)

    WE are hardly a model of anything democratic; and WE have no credibility left anywhere - except maybe Kansas.

    If you don't stand for something, eventually you stand for nothing.

    by dkmich on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 03:29:25 AM PDT

  •  This non-Obama supporter (1+ / 0-)
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    Lawrence

    Tips and recs.

    “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

    by Detroit Mark on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 05:00:37 AM PDT

  •  Sorry to be the realist (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry to be the realist, but how on Earth do we cover the logistics for this?  We're barely hanging on logistically in 2.5 wars right now.  Unless you want to drop trillions into the Pentagon and re-institute the draft, we just don't have the material or manpower to pull off what you're talking about.  NATO isn't a solution, because (a) they're already doing Afghanistan and Libya, and (b) combined they don't have much more than we do.  Sure, we can drop some bombs and missiles, but no amount of Tomahawks can stop abuses by security forces.  Only boots on the ground can do that.

    This, right here, is the cost of the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War, because if we weren't all-in there, we'd have some measure of flexibility to respond to these crises.  And that's the ironic thing, because there's a real chance that if we play our cards right here, we could actually be "greeted as liberators".

    •  We're almost out of Iraq and, if it continues to (1+ / 0-)
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      Hill Jill

      play out as well as it has in the last week, the conflict in Libya will be over in a couple of weeks.

      And the great thing is that recently democratic countries like Tunisia, Egypt, and soon probably Libya, are likely going to push for having their arab brothers and sisters elsewhere having greater freedom.

      The effect on Iraq of all of this could also be incredibly positive.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 05:43:55 AM PDT

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  •  BUT I HATE THINKING!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    I just want one nice, simple, little rule (preferably 10 words or less), to apply to EVERY POSSIBLE SITUATION!

    Because I'm a "true progressive"!!!

    And it's "Capitol Hill", by the way. :)

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 05:44:13 AM PDT

  •  You know what I think? (1+ / 0-)
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    hardhatmama

    I'mn not complaining about the anti-progressive, pro-teabagger ads on Daily Kos, I'm really not.  I don't care.  They bring in revenue.  I work at a conservative radio station, believe me - my bullshit filter's in tip top shape.

    But it wouldn't surprise me to learn that Markos' marketing team is doing it on purpose to get people to buy annual membership just to make them go away.

    Am I a cynic?

    “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

    by Detroit Mark on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 05:47:33 AM PDT

    •  This was supposed to go in Open Thread (0+ / 0-)

      but thanks to Daily Kos' fancy schmancy new flash I can jump from one story to another without even click anything.

      Cool, huh!

      “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

      by Detroit Mark on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 05:49:08 AM PDT

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  •  Nah. He's just a lucky lucky bastard. (1+ / 0-)
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    khereva

    God made it easy on him.  The fighting in Libya is almost too good to betrue. The events in Egypt Tunisia etc almost taylor made for his curious blend of aloofness and detatchment.  

    A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

    by Salo on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 06:38:24 AM PDT

    •  That is exactly what the Repugs will say (3+ / 0-)
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      deePA, Hill Jill, Statusquomustgo

      If all this seems to go reasonalby well, watch how quickly the Repugs will move on from this story. They'll cook up another domestic nonsense just to distract. It is kinda like what happened in 2009 during the Somali pirates standoff when Gingrich, Bolton, Gaffney and Faux ogres were twitching their fingers and predicting Pres. Obama's "failure" to secure the release of the American sailors.

      And there mid-sentence, Gingrich had to shut up because the surgically precise rescue operation had gone on flawlessly to rescue the captain. Did the wingnuts apologize for their hasty conclusions? Naah. They just moved on to the next contrived outrage.

      "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

      by zizi on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 06:47:36 AM PDT

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      •  Mainly they will react with jealousy. (2+ / 0-)
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        Hill Jill, Statusquomustgo

        Muttering to themselves:

        "why didn't it go as easy in Iraq? Why did Bush get tangled up in killing 6,000 GIs when this guy bumps off longstanding enemies cost free? Why does Gid love him so much and hate the GOP? "

        success there will drive the GOP insane.

        A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

        by Salo on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 07:04:26 AM PDT

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        •   maybe (0+ / 0-)

          it aint over tills its over.
          maybe the  meaning  of "success" is needed , being our pres aint told us what his final objective is.
          maybe our pres will define success in the middle east with maybe less than 6000 words......
          notice Obama never mentioned the word WAR tonight..

          Obama: little police action going on in libya. nothing to worry about folks. few thousand bombs dropped. only 400 or less civilians killed in one week. hell those killed did not want freedom anyway..
          no boots on the ground, just BP  and exxon oils boots on my neck to get this police action done quick or no more campaign bucks next year.
          dont worry be happy Obamas back home and on the job. go duke
          Your new king, president and world savior, Barrack Obama.
          PS. Go Duke

    •  allofness and detachment (0+ / 0-)

      more like leashed and led
       still believes in santa
       over educated under sensed
       

  •  Excellent piece (2+ / 0-)
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    Hill Jill, Statusquomustgo

    You are right, a rigid leader could not have handled what is an extremely fluid situation, each country with its own peculiarities and needs. It's kinda like parenting kids with vastly different temperaments. you don't succeed with a cookie cutter solution.

    You parent each child differently.

    "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

    by zizi on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 06:40:54 AM PDT

  •  Here's an interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    Statusquomustgo

    article I found yesterday.  It makes quite a bit of sense, IMO.

    http://www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net/...

    Worth the click, if you like "big picture" stuff.

  •  I wonder if the diarist truly understands the (0+ / 0-)

    concept of "Democracy".  Democracy is something provided to a people with a "made in the USA" label.  The diarist's words

    Hence, the recent thirst for Democracy is only exceeded by our inability to meet the challenge of delivery. But as gleeful as we should be, we must be mindful that some, hungering for this thing called Freedom, might want theirs in a different flavor. Perhaps America was only pushing vanilla, when chocolate, strawberry and pistachio were favored.

    seem to imply that the US government is responsible for providing Democracy to foreign peoples.  Maybe they should achieve Democracy the old fashioned way (fight and die for it).

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 09:28:37 AM PDT

  •   Give War A Chance (0+ / 0-)
    Obamas new Doctrine is ,

               " Let us now give war A chance "
                              War for oil ??
         Americas new moto under our new king Obama.
                         If in doubt bomb Them Out .
                         Hail to king Obama giver of freedom.

       Obama is the nations of the new world   " Savior  " and bringer of democracy, if and only if a nation in need of freedom has oil.

    From the Boot on the neck of British Petro, to kissing  their ass and dropping bombs on lybia for um, all within one year , Hail the king...........

             

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