View Poll Results: Which hurts America worse in terms of credibility as a nation?

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Thread: Which hurts America worse in terms of credibility as a nation?

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    Re: Which hurts America worse in terms of credibility as a nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Which hurts America worse in terms of credibility as a nation?

    Bonehead policies, or empty threats?

    Of the two, it's a relative question.

    This question is prompted by President Obama's current rhetoric toward Russia regarding Ukraine. "Oh boy, you better not do nothin'" It's just empty rhetoric, and everybody knows it. We aren't going to do squat.

    On the other hand, we certainly don't make many friends with many of the policies we do carry out.

    Disclaimer: To be fair, Obama is not the only President to have employed empty rhetoric, so it's more of a generic question. This current events are only prompting the question.
    Both of these damage American credibility in the world's eyes.

    Compare that to Regan, who, the day of his inauguration, had the Iranians turning over the American hostages. No doubt in their minds that Regan had credibility to give them a hard time until those hostages were freed. Seems like that was the last time that US had real credibility in the international arena.

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    Re: Which hurts America worse in terms of credibility as a nation?

    If you're going to do something, do it don't talk about it. By all means keep the liberals out of the mix.

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    Re: Which hurts America worse in terms of credibility as a nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    No matter how many empty threats, the world knows the US could do a lot at any given moment. That reality insulates empty threats by the US with the presumption that the US decided not to but WAS capable. As long as US capability is an undisputed reality, bad policy is worse.
    You are right, if course. A man who squeaks threats and fidgets wildly leaves an impression, especially when he owns the big bomb.

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