Has anyone read this book? I haven't traveled overseas in many years, but it seems that the world views of the US is not exactly flattering. Not to mention that, with no surprise to me, if the US adopted European auto efficiency standards we would largely solve our oil dependence problems.
This book might be worth the time to read. Even if I don't like what I read.
BTW, I wonder what would happen if the "rest of the world" at some point determines that the almighty dollar isn't that valuable anymore.
C'mon now the Texas cowboy is enough for the World to handle. A Marine now that's scary stuff..
"The Marine in me likes what you say. Which is why it probably would not be a very good idea to vote an ex-Marine into the oval office. If we have a President that isn't an expert at diplomacy, I
"The damage that we have done to our relationships with other nations, built up over several generations, has been almost irreparable.. "
We forgave Japan for Pearl Harbor.
We forgave Germany for Auschwitz.
We forgave and continue to forgive France for their serial surrenders and predictable perfidy.
I expect the rest of the world will forgive the U.S. for ridding the planet of Saddam and the Bin Ladenites, even if we did ignore their collective pleas to just leave well enough alone.
Porcupine, Do not forget he as in Khatroum, Sudan buiding roads and airports. Plus they have tons of sleepers all over Africa especially the Muslim Countries like Somalia Land North and South. Who would have tought the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanazania were targets.
A decent strategy is Let OBL and Al-Zahawri piss off the Muslim countries and set their own trap.
"Moammar was one of the first to diagnose Osama bin Laden. He booted the bunch out of Libya many years ago. Sent them packing to Syria, where they camped out for a while. But they pissed off Assad, and he gave them bus passes to Kabul.
"Shoot first and ask questions about WMDs later" doesn't work as a foreign policy? ;-)
It works wonderfully well. What was it that Munger said about the man with a hammer? You just may not have many (i.e. any?) friends left when the dust settles.
>>>Damned if we do, damned if we don't.<<<
We can only expect to survive, however, if we are willing to live in community.
Oh, and Moammar was one of the first to diagnose Osama bin Laden. He booted the bunch out of Libya many years ago. Sent them packing to Syria, where they camped out for a while. But they pissed off Assad, and he gave them bus passes to Kabul.
The Marine in me likes what you say. Which is why it probably would not be a very good idea to vote an ex-Marine into the oval office. If we have a President that isn't an expert at diplomacy, IMO we should keep searching until we find one.
Perhaps you are correct, but these renegade dictators seem to have a way of placating bodies like the UN while simultaneously torturing their people, clandestinly developing things they promised they wouldn't develop, starving people they promised not to starve, and hoarding money meant for medical supplies and food in their own personal accounts in Zurich, etc.
You do remember when we lobbed a bomb on his tent, right? Didn't we kill his daughter or something then?
Page A4 in the WSJ today shows how Khadafi was still shipping in centrifuge parts even as he negotiated with us this past October. The article claims that our seizure of these parts is what was his wake-up call.
It's really all just a big joke for them.
But still, if you had just witnessed Saddam being dragged out of a spider hole, and you just got caught shipping in nuclear weapons parts, you'd get a little fearful of earning a spot on the axis of evil list ahead of Syria, eh?
Sanctions don't work on dictators. Dictators understand one thing - death.
I think we got 2 wars for the price of one. A blue light special, so to speak. Maybe more than 2.
We still need to kill Khadafi and his boys. After we pay them a bundle to go kill that nutcase in North Korea for us. Yeah, it's ugly, but the "honorable" thing to do - go to war, just results in the killing of hundreds of thousands of otherwise innocents, and the other honorable thing to do - sanctions, results in the starvation deaths of hundreds of thousands.
Damned if we do, damned if we don't.
Of course, I was over-stating it when I said diplomacy is only used when a country is afraid of getting crushed militarily. Diplomacy works great... for civilized countries. We'd never let Jeffrey Damler go free if he would just promise to stop eating little boys. Same should apply to these dictators. (IMO)
<<<Khadafi understands now. Maybe a few others do too.Think a French solution was working in Libya? >>>>
(Can't resist) Prez:
If Libya is reponding to Dubya's chest thumping, then they are mind readers and fortune tellers as well as pragmatists.
Libya has been trying to get back into the world market for several years. Pre Iraq invasion. Pre World Trade Center. Pre Dubya.
Remember when they dropped a dime on the Pan Am Flight 103 fugitives, and turned them over to the Hague for trial?
Remember when they forged the global settlements with all of the plaintiffs in the Lockarbie crash?
Remember when they gave a committment to the Security Council regarding their respect for the international rule of law?
Were they doing these things because they suspected that Dubya was going to get elected and start invading Middle East countries?