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

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

    I cannot answer your poll, as the options are rather simplified in a very complex situation.

    Diplomacy sometimes requires veiled threat. Military options sometimes require hidden or imagined power.

    Backseat quarterbacks in military foreign affairs are amongst the worst.



    It is unlikely you have more knowledge than the Pentagon.

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

    Actions speak louder than words.
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    Re: Which hurts America worse in terms of credibility as a nation?

    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.

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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.
    Actually with the Ukraine, there is not much if anything we can do. World leaders like to sound tough in situations like this even though most realize that if Russia wants to invade the Ukraine, there is not a thing they can do about it. Besides the vast majority of Americans do not want to risk a war over the Ukraine. There is really no support for a tough guy stance among the populace here, so tough talk is all that is left.

    But to answer your question, I think a nation can more easily over come some bonehead policies than empty threats. Especially if the the people in the effected country believe the empty threats to whom ever is their belligerent. There could be uprisings and riots where, in this case the people of the Ukraine expect the U.S. to come to their aid. I mean to get involved militarily. Then when we don't that could lead to a heavy loss of life on their part. When one is president, he better choose his words real carefully.
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    Re: Which hurts America worse in terms of credibility as a nation?

    USA is learning pretty fast from Iran, N. Korea and applying the same rhetoric.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    USA is learning pretty fast from Iran, N. Korea and applying the same rhetoric.
    Uh, yeah... what?

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

    There's no poll option for rolling around the world, dropping bombs on people.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    I cannot answer your poll, as the options are rather simplified in a very complex situation.

    Diplomacy sometimes requires veiled threat. Military options sometimes require hidden or imagined power.

    Backseat quarterbacks in military foreign affairs are amongst the worst.


    It is unlikely you have more knowledge than the Pentagon.
    It's unlikely that Obama listens to the Pentagon, given that he distrusts them and is hostile to taking advice from senior subject matter experts.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Actions speak louder than words.
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