The sooner they get off religious dictatorship the better.
Maybe we shouldn't be dictating US foreign policy on what some random individual says.
I seem to remember a single source from Iraq telling us the citizens would be welcoming us there with open arms as liberators.
That turned out to be untrue.
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes
No not everyone. For one oil companies dont. The exporting countries dont since higher price means higher income. And then there are the speculators in the market, which now accounts for 65+% of all oil buys and sales.We have lip service to the energy du jour. The energy market is global, and we have an interest in global market stability - everybody does.
Exactly.. hence why rock the boat constantly? Why invade Iraq and make Iran more powerful? Why not fix the Israel-Palestine problem? and so on and so on.Instability in the ME affects everybody as a result.
I reach my conclusions based on the fact that the people in charge of the GOP today (and the Dems for that matter) are the same type and in some cases the exact same people who pushed for the "hands on" attitude in the first place. The "hands on" attitude has been US attitude since before the US Civil War, and I doubt it will change soon. Even when you were isolationist, then you were quite "hands on" around the world,.... only difference was that the British Empire was in your way.You reach your conclusions with the prominent idea that the US will operate with the "gloves on" attitude we have employed for some decades now.
That is another debate.. to be honest for many peoples around the world there aint much difference if the US or Soviets had won.. both wanted to dominate others.You should consider that if the Soviet Union had won the cold war, the world would not be nearly as pleasant as it is - even now with all the turmoil.
All terror and terrorists.. nope not by a long shot, but denying that you have at least quite a bit of complicity in the whole mess is pathetic. Take Iran.. yes you are at fault for Iran and the mullahs hating the US and wanting to do terror against the US. OBL? In part yes, since one of the trigger points was US boots on the ground in Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War 1... not that I am critical of the US on this fact Screw OBL and his outdated beliefs.Yes, we have made mistakes. Yes, we will make more. No, the world's problems cannot be laid at our doorstep, and no, we are not responsible for terror or terrorists.
You do realize that there are "thugs" all around the world right? In Africa, South America and Asia.. but the dont have oil under their feet.. And in the few cases that they do have oil, you have used lesser than democratic methods to keep puppet regimes in power.... yes I am talking about Venezuela. Why did the US not invade random African country to kick out a random dictator there who was threatening his population? Why not depose Ida Amin back in the day.. he ate people for **** sake!.. oh yea no oil in Uganda.That's tantamount to blaming rape on the attractive victim. Yes, we have had a hand in some less than pretty results, but when one considers the actions of the thugs in the region, I would not be looking for the better actor to shoulder the blame for some ugly results.
It is my contention that the US has made fewer mistakes than all other nations (with any degree of power), which is why they have lasted so long. Others have had to reinvent themselves many times over, often with changes in their national borders.
As well, Romney had a plan where North America might become energy efficient. That idea should be revisited.