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Obama Lurches Left With Pick of Hagel for Defense

johnm h Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 10:44 AM
We should cut defense spending; there is as much waste, fraud and mismanagement in DOD as in every other Washington bureaucracy, but we should not weaken it. We should be talking to Iran and should try to open an embassy there, but the latter is impossible with sanctions imposed even though these sanctions are totally ineffective. If we had a larger presence and free movement that an Embassy would provide us we might develop alternatives. Once we start down dumb paths it is very hard to stop because our political leaders are cowards, our media is ignorant and our people are easily stampeded. Obama is a domestic threat not a foreign policy threat. He doesn't care about foreign policy.
traitorbill Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 11:15 AM
Didn't Obama foster the "Arab Spring?"
johnm h Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 1:41 PM
If anybody did it was Bush, but the fact is we have little influence on the Arab world one way or the other. The price of bread had more influence than Obama. Obama just used it to prove his fecklessness, and that may have encourage a few radicals a little, but most Arabs aren't paying attention to anything about us or from us except what radicals and their media tell them, that may or may not have any relation to reality.
Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy.

His image as a centrist took hold at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where he gave a speech hailing not the blue states or the red states but the United States of America.

But over the course of Obama's first term, this analysis increasingly sounded like wishful thinking. And never more than during the past week, with the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of...