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Jim Morin

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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    Although things may have not gone well for the administration in some areas of foreign policy, I wish people would stop blaming the administration for the mess in the Middle East. Even when there is complete capitulation of one side or the other over there, they always manage to field some new opposition group to keep the pot boiling and roiled.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    “There is no mention of the middle east. Perhaps you would like to give a few of the non-middle east foreign policy success stories of this administration? Please?”

    From my post: “Although things may have not gone well for the administration in some areas of foreign policy,…”

    There is no mention of any area of foreign policy in the cartoon. I only mention the Middle East because I consider it inane to blame the Administration and why. Further, my comment leaves me under no obligation to specify foreign policy successes and your post leaves me baffled as to why you insinuate that I am obligated to do so.

  3. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    What are his failures? It’s a complicated world out there, and the US isn’t in control of everything. (Nor should it be.) For instance, the situation Ukraine is a complete mess, but it’s not because of a failure in US policy. The mid-East is a mess, but not because of a failure in US policy. I’d give Obama a B for foreign policy. I’d give him a C+ for domestic policy. Better than average, but not stellar.

  4. louieglutz

    louieglutz said, over 2 years ago

    interesting editorial: http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21601508-nagging-doubt-eating-away-world-orderand-superpower-largely-ignoring-it-what

  5. louieglutz

    louieglutz said, over 2 years ago

    i got sucked into watching that video. i thought he was supposed to be a good bball player. he is good with bricks.

  6. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 2 years ago

    Because of the President, Halliburton’s bonuses to their senior executives will be moderate (for Halliburton) and there are no Americans dying in some other country’s war. And western Europe has a natural gas supply and time to do better than Russia. Does anyone seriously believe all that should be thrown away for the Ukraine?

  7. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 2 years ago

    lamented sadly: “A better place= are we respected there? Do we have influence? Can we count on them to back us up? Do they like us and agree with our policies? Do they want to be like us? Do they trust us? Are they working against us or with us?….Pick up a paper. I’m tired.”

    There. there. Not to worry, it will come right in the end. Take it from me, my parents were colonials, from a country whose empire peaked 500 years ago and ended a mere 40 years ago. I was born in a former European colony, now a proud independent nation. I now live in a country which once proudly said the sun didn’t set on its empire. I’m married to another national whose country had a vast central European empire, now a distant memory.

    Eventually you’ll adjust to your waning power; it comes to all empires in the end. We’ve all been through it, it’s a natural phase. So don’t stress too much about it.

  8. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 2 years ago

    @omQ R

    Yours is an interesting post and although it might irritate some people, I think it is correct. In the large scheme of history, dynasties, empires, and monarchies don’t last very long. (If they remain in name, they are merely ceremonial). In fact, it can be seen in the course of history that as nations rise to dominance they retain their power for a decreasing number of years. Previously, it was centuries; now it is mere decades. Empires depend on colonies, and few countries no matter how small are content to remain colonies. Empires can no longer rely on ignorant, powerless masses to remain subservient and satisfied with that condition. Those that do are small in number and doomed to failure.
    Russia is trying to regain former dominance through the attempt to regain its former colonies or, more accurately, buffer zones. People are no longer content to be human shields on nation-wide scales. Russia’s is an obsolete view, as usual. Russian leaders and Russians in general are obsessed still with Napoleon and Hitler. Warfare and communications do not have to slog over land distances as they used to. Aerial and Internet wars are the things these days. Mercenaries without uniforms blend into populations, propaganda is fine-tuned for maximum effect and reaches everywhere through wireless devices.
    The U.S. empire has been relatively benevolent and allowed sale of technology that other countries use to make industrial, agriculture, and medical improvements. Former empires did not do it to this extent because it would loosen their grip. The U.S. and to some extent England, at first did it to increase efficiency and in the process certain political innovations leaked through that tended countries toward self-sufficiency, economic and political. Longer ago, the Phoenicians did it through trade and the alphabet; the Babylonians through business techniques and records; the Romans through civic planning; the Arabs through science.
    The countries that were our clients used the technology to improve their standards of living, and then eventually their ethics. Sometimes the process is sidetracked, and it takes disturbing directions by mingling with archaic religious and historical prejudices. But the good things are there, ready to grow at a later time. The influx of new ideas can’t be stopped, anymore. As always: Good comes from evil, evil comes from good – the old, old moon has looked down on it all.
    Those that dream of building lasting empires are as deluded as Ozymandias, in the poem by Shelley.

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