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2014

fustakrakich (1673220) writes | about a year ago

User Journal 5

That's when the war in Afghanistan will be officially privatized, and Obama can safely say he brought the troops home. But the war will continue... with your money and efforts.

That's when the war in Afghanistan will be officially privatized, and Obama can safely say he brought the troops home. But the war will continue... with your money and efforts.

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I agree with all of the Bush/Obama policy crit (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43959643)

Past all of the spitballing, what I've never heard articulated is any sensible alternative.
Isolationism? Sorry, it's the information age.
Non-interventionism? Well, that seems to have been where BHO has mostly operated, except for when he hasn't.
Would that there was a better answer.

Re:I agree with all of the Bush/Obama policy crit (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#43963373)

...what I've never heard articulated is any sensible alternative.

Yes, you keep on repeating that, and so use it as an excuse to continue with the present evil of empire building and meddling where you don't belong. It's nothing but piracy, and 'our' pirates obviously must dominate or be crushed. I understand the need for for this. It's a simple biological, primal reaction to one's environment (can even be boiled down to basic physics), but.. you know the rest already. You know the 'alternative' but just won't see it. You use the comfort and perceived safety of your cultural conditioning to deny it. The solution is in your head, where it has always been, not up in the sky. There's no place like home.

Re:I agree with all of the Bush/Obama policy crit (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43967109)

It's a simple biological, primal reaction to one's environment (can even be boiled down to basic physics), but.. you know the rest already. You know the 'alternative' but just won't see it.

Maybe you can explain it to me in terms of cancer. You have a malignant tumor. You can operate on it and kill it, with a high probability of full recovery.
Now: what am I not seeing, and what alternative are you suggesting? That I go all Christian Science, and refuse the operation? You can do that. It's a subjective call.
But now you're a political leader, and the threat is a foreign country. Can you make the Christian Science call for your nation, and ignore the threat?
Now, I expect you'll attack my analogy, and rightfully so: international politics is orders of magnitude more complex than a cancer diagnosis, where you can repeat the tests a couple of times and achieve high certainty about the situation.
Oddly, that underscores my point: when YOU'RE the guy getting hammered in the media/at the ballot box, and not just sounding off on /., it's a horse of a different color.
All that to say that I refute your notion that "You know the 'alternative' but just won't see it." I know enough to point out that it's a much gnarlier problem than either of us is likely to understand.

Re:I agree with all of the Bush/Obama policy crit (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#43968159)

So now you throw 7th grade civics... and again with the: Ahh, but it's too 'complex' routine. Pure condescending bullshit. Your 'international politics' is as phony as a three dollar bill. It is so patronizing to hear that rubbish. It's a facade, the jewelry store that fronts for the crack dealer. I guess when you are the tumor... eh, you simply do what you were made to do.

Re:I agree with all of the Bush/Obama policy crit (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43969135)

Still waiting to hear what your actual alternative policy prescription is.
Or not. You seem adept at the 'just accuse and finger point' game.
Sorry: thought this was an exchange of ideas.
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