Comments on: Republicans betray their foreign policy tradition http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/09/19/republicans-betray-their-foreign-policy-tradition/ Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:49 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Freedom4A http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/09/19/republicans-betray-their-foreign-policy-tradition/#comment-2074 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 07:10:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1201#comment-2074 Both Romney and Ryan lack foreign policy experience, worse their simplistic view of foreign relation through big stick is childish, short-sighted and dangerous. It did not work in the previous decades, there is no reason for this kind of policy to work in the 21st century. When further fueled by hot-head guys, like Trump and McCain, and other hawkish in GOP. We surely would engage into an arm race and/or a new war or two if they were ever elected.

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By: Leftcoastrocky http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/09/19/republicans-betray-their-foreign-policy-tradition/#comment-2010 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:56:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1201#comment-2010 Romney’s inaccurate statement, geared for political advantage at a time of national crisis, proves that he is unfit to be President and Commander-in-Chief.

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By: niblick3 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/09/19/republicans-betray-their-foreign-policy-tradition/#comment-2009 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 22:37:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1201#comment-2009 And the money? What are these countries doing in return for the aid the U.S. sends them. Lets take our troops, money, and ill advised support back home where it belongs.

Enough pontificating on the meaning of years past, who said what, when, and offended whom and start actually doing something.

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/09/19/republicans-betray-their-foreign-policy-tradition/#comment-2005 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:40:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1201#comment-2005 FEAR ↛ RESPECT!
FEAR → HATRED.

As explained (for example) by C.S.Lewis, the most common reaction to fear is hatred (which only breeds more extremism).

Fear didn’t work for long term good of the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe, in Afghanistan, or in the Cold War with the United States (it didn’t even work all that well for the British Empire in the days before modern journalism). Instead, the Soviet Union gradually bankrupted itself with increasingly paranoid measures designed to build their military into an increasingly fearsome machine, which they did at the expense of the general well-being of their core population.

The USA — the leader of the free world — needs to be more sophisticated than that.

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By: jtfane http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/09/19/republicans-betray-their-foreign-policy-tradition/#comment-2004 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 18:15:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1201#comment-2004 In a world of irrational accusations and often just plain bizarre comments the statements made by Liz Cheney and Paul Ryan quoted in this article actually manage to stand out. Do Ms. Cheney and Mr. Ryan believe that a weak U.S. government under the Reagan administration was responsible for the “accidental” attack on the USS Stark in 1987 which killed 37 U.S. Navy personnel and wounded 21 others? Do they believe that a failure to intimidate Islamic militants in Lebanon caused them to bomb the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 killing 241 American servicemen? Do they believe that Reagan’s response of withdrawing U.S. troops from Lebanon was a show of force? And most absurd of all, do they believe that it was the weakness of George W. Bush and Ms. Cheney’s father’s administration that caused Islamic terrorists to commit the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001? For her to have made these comments on the spot during an interview would have been bad enough, but to have actually composed them in writing is simply beyond belief.

If the continued killing of Americans and other NATO personnel in Afghanistan nearly a decade after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban and the slaughter of over 100,000 Iraqis and Afghans is not enough to convince them that a mere show of strength will not bring an end to Islamic militant terrorism then I can’t imagine anything will. I guess it’s much easier to hang on to the tough guy stance when it’s not you or your family that’s doing the dying.

Excellent article, Mr. Rohde, keep up the good work.

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By: QuietThinker http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/09/19/republicans-betray-their-foreign-policy-tradition/#comment-2000 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:34:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1201#comment-2000 Since 2000 the Republicans have embraced the strategic thinking of the bull in a bullfight. Be the biggest and strongest, and attack blindly whenever anybody waves a red cape. Who usually wins the bullfight?

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By: JBookly http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/09/19/republicans-betray-their-foreign-policy-tradition/#comment-1992 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:19:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1201#comment-1992 Thank you, Mr. Rohde. That is why I am putting an “I Like Ike” sticker on my car.

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By: Mike_s1 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/09/19/republicans-betray-their-foreign-policy-tradition/#comment-1991 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:59:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1201#comment-1991 Excellent points. One other point to regard with the Arab Spring: even if conservative groups, such as the Islamic Brotherhood win, they still must govern. It’s easy to blame your woes on foreign meddling, but if you can’t keep the lights on, police the streets or provide opportunities for your growing population, you’ll be on the curb at the next election. Hamas has many more items to worry about after elections than a single faceted policy of lobbing rockets at Israel.

In a way, it also reflects Romney’s recent disregard of half the population. Democratically elected governments ignore constituents at their own risk; if the majority of your population wants peace, declaring war results in very real political losses.

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