View Poll Results: How is "Smart Power" working out for the United States?

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  • Smart Power has made incredible foreign policy gains for us

    1 4.17%
  • Smart Power helped us "reset" relations with Russia et al.

    2 8.33%
  • Smart Power works, but turned out to be Bush Doctrine Lite

    2 8.33%
  • We are so screwed that we now lose no matter WHAT we do

    19 79.17%
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Thread: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    is it a surprise that russia and china spend more on funding the war effort of the assad regime then they have given to the effort to aid the syrian refugees?

    http://fts.unocha.org/reports/daily/...1309060101.pdf

    notice that china and russia combined make up less 1% of contributions to the Syrian refugees.
    Wouldn't we look better in the eyes of the world by sending help to the refugees, rather than causing more chaos? It bothers me that BHO and Kerry feel we should undertake this invasion on our own when, for unknown reasons, our allies and the UN are not willing to get involved. Why not? Everyone seems to acknowledge that chemical weapons were indeed used. That just doesn't make sense!

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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Wouldn't we look better in the eyes of the world by sending help to the refugees, rather than causing more chaos? It bothers me that BHO and Kerry feel we should undertake this invasion on our own when, for unknown reasons, our allies and the UN are not willing to get involved. Why not? Everyone seems to acknowledge that chemical weapons were indeed used. That just doesn't make sense!
    Afghanistan and Iraq has made the world war weary. And lets face it, our record isn't stellar concerning wmds.

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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gimmesometruth View Post
    Actually, it is directly related to the fact that all of the cons are ignoring what the term "Smart Power" refers to.

    Raise your game.
    Nah, I'll just bring my liberal daughter in to kick you in the teeth.
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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    "smart power" I thought the thread was about utility meters

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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Obama's major problem is that very few outside his inner circle think he's as smart and competent as he, himself, thinks he is.
    well, to be fair, the Media. Thrills up legs and Smartest President Ever and all that.

    But yeah, you have to wonder what Putin thinks as he stares across the table at this guy. I would be astonished one day if he slapped him, just to prove he could get away with it.

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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I would NOT be surprised if one day he slapped him, just to prove he could get away with it.
    Dude

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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Yes, using proper grammar is what makes a good president.
    I think we'd be permanently president-less at that rate.
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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by tech30528 View Post
    Get over it. It's an online forum and often people (I know this sometimes happens to me) type something that looks a bit off but it isn't worth the effort to correct it as long as the point is clear. For instance I may have about 2 minutes to read here before my parts show up and then it's back to work. This isn't some classic literary tome. I suspect many are unable to spell or conjugate properly anymore anyway considering the shorthand that comes with speed texting.
    He made the point about how practical knowledge and not intelligence is supposedly important to getting a job. What's also important to getting a job is being able to have basic spelling and grammar skills, particularly on a resume.

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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    I'm a woman with children, and it angers me to think that those Syrian women and children who happen to be caught in the crossfire will be the ones who will suffer. : Since the boys want to play at one-upping each other on the world stage, then they, not me, will have to answer for what they're doing. :

    And Russia's veto was not a surprise to anyone.
    This was not a case of "cross fire", this was a case of Assad firing Sarin gas weapons into a heavily civilian populated error, in violation of long standing international human rights agreements.

    Your argument that we should not stand up to tyrants that use indiscriminate chemical weapon against their own civilian populations is a cop-out, the choice by you to let this pass is something you will have to answer to.

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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gimmesometruth View Post
    This was not a case of "cross fire", this was a case of Assad firing Sarin gas weapons into a heavily civilian populated error, in violation of long standing international human rights agreements.

    Your argument that we should not stand up to tyrants that use indiscriminate chemical weapon against their own civilian populations is a cop-out, the choice by you to let this pass is something you will have to answer to.

    Good evening, Gimmesometruth.

    And if it is proven that the rebels were the ones using chemical weapons, would you feel the same? Would you justify their use by stating that they are fighting the regime, so it's okay? : Killing innocent children is never okay in my world!

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