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?

    "If there is anyone in the world today who doubts the seriousness of the Bush Doctrine, I would urge that person to consider the fate of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq."

    Dick Cheney, 2003
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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    An education is great but if all you have in your resume is an education and then you step into the real world armed only with an education, well you have seen how that's working out, not so good.
    I agree, politicians should do something to help communities or go traveling around the world or work as a lawyer or something before entering politics...
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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Many people confuse the two.
    Very true.
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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    I agree, politicians should do something to help communities or go traveling around the world or work as a lawyer or something before entering politics...
    Having an understanding of business by running one or working in one would help too. Just having a real job in the real economy for a while would be nice.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gimmesometruth View Post
    I suppose if one completely forgets 2001-2008, where having "dumb" people execute "dumb" policies which has caused directly and indirectly much of the instability in the Middle East today.....then one could incorrectly define "Smart Power" and whine about the situation in the ME.

    What depth of understanding and vision!
    On the other hand, for those challenged by the concept of taking responsibility, the years 2001-2008 have sure helped dig holes for many to bury their heads in.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Having an understanding of business by running one or working in one would help too. Just having a real job in the real economy for a while would be nice.
    What's a real job then?
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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Academics should stay in the class room or the teachers lobby and discuss theory, they just don't have what it takes to actually govern. The real world is far more complex and messy than the ivory tower.
    Yes, smart is not desirable. Dumb is. I get that. So do students btw.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    On the other hand, for those challenged by the concept of taking responsibility, the years 2001-2008 have sure helped dig holes for many to bury their heads in.
    What? Bush/Cheney and the whole neocon crowd have taken responsibility for their actions? Really? I think someone is ignoring that huge hole in Crawford.
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    Re: So how is that "Smart Power" working out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gimmesometruth View Post
    What? Bush/Cheney and the whole neocon crowd have taken responsibility for their actions? Really? I think someone is ignoring that huge hole in Crawford.
    Or perhaps its the sand in the ears causing some to imagine there is a hole...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    What's a real job then?
    Where you go to work every day to a business that needs to make a profit to survive.

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