I am not even sure what to say about this. It saddens and infuriates me. They are covered in ****. Pricks all of them.Then I discovered that the American left was prepared to sandbag the country and use the stuggle in Iraq for domestic political purposes.
This is what puzzles me. If you started off with conviction for the Democracy Agenda, how did the left's despicable reaction to it and attempts to discredit it and Bush, for politic points, cause you to change your entire view of America's role in the world? Did you somehow buy into what the left said about it? They certainly offered no explicit alternative.This has changed my entire view of what America's role in the world is.
Indeed. I think many conservatives, while concerned about the power fundamentalists may attain, and also concerned about damage to our economic interests (we only import 10% of all ME oil), fully support the ideal of democratizing the ME. Even the Realists.The left sought power by discrediting the Democracy Agenda and cannot now claim to be the advocate of the spread of individual liberty.
We disagree. We do have serious business at home but we have never had to focus on only one issue at one time. We can do both. We aren't going to be invading another country...Iraq was a one time deal and invasion is no longer necessary as the wave of democratization is sweeping the region on its own merits. But we do have a significant diplomatic and economic role to play in these developments.I wish the people of the Arab world well. May they find freedom in whatever form they come upon it. But America no longer has a role in spreading democracy in the world. Many conservatives believe that individual liberty is in fact endangered in America itself. We have business at home.
Obama is doing exactly the right thing and I applaud him for it!
Thanks for the overview of AFG and all the best in your deployment!
Were the democracies to have been united with each other freedom and democracy would have spread more swiftly. But when the left aligned themselves with Communist dictatorships and attacked Ronald Reagan moreso than Communist leaders it was a clear sign of just how fragile democracy is and how easy it is for the Left to condemn others to live under totalitarianism. And of course they will attack George Bush and Tony Blair much more than they will be critical of any ME leader, past or present.
Anti Americanism in Europe has allowed a vacuum to be created and this is being filled by Islamic extremists. The left, for the most part, are dangerous fools.
Look at the last sentence of your post. Speaking figuratively, cut off the head of the snake and the tail don't rattle. My radicalization by the left is complete. I am reminded of Oppenheimer at Alamagordo: "I have become death, the destroyer of worlds."
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
But my practical focus is exclusively on the American left and the destruction of their world. I have now embraced leftist tactics to destroy leftist ideology. American leftists are unrelenting, unremitting, and they cannot be deterred. They believe the ends justify the means. They believe their perveived moral superiority gives them license to use any tactics regardless of the consequences.
That being the case, one can only engage them with the same degree of relentlessness.
We've been building on the "human" intel officers in recent years (intel MOS). After the Cold War, we discovered that we had built our intel systems around satellite photo analysis. Ralph Peters (Army LtCol retired) wrote about this danger in the late 90s. He mentioned how we were doing oursleves and the world a disservice by ending many of our regional Cold War programs that served the local populations in terms of relationships, financial aid, technical aid, and educational aid. Washington's idea that the Berlin Wall coming down meant an "end to our wars" was not only near sighted, but absolutely stupid on a criminal level. 9/11 was absolute proof that our intel networks hadn't the ability to peer into a man's soul where a satellite can't reach. Human intel places our individuals in personal contact with human beings and we are trying to merge their cultural history, current events, and environmental considerations into a proper conclusion that can aid us in our efforts.