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Go back & listen to that video while keeping in mind that Obama's intent is to diminish the power & influence of the USA. Bolton assumes that is NOT he goal.
Nay, it coheres. Obama's goal is a smaller, pooorer, less-significant, humbler USA. His plan pushes that agenda, while offering gestures that appeal the majority of Americans who don't share that goal.
It's a matter of principle: Women don't like football. --> NOW criticizes. Women do like Democrats. --> NOW can't criticize.
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Where Have All the Allies Gone?

Nos Nevets Wrote: Sep 18, 2014 12:34 AM
Long-term lesson: The world has learned the USA may elect someone like that again, even if we (temprarilly?) correct course.
Obama's goal is a smaller, poorer, less significant, humbler USA. Higher energy costs & letting others have it is part of that overall goal. If you keep that goal in mind, what he does makes sense.
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Has World War III Already Begun?

Nos Nevets Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 10:21 AM
WW3 began a long time ago. The enemy knows they are fighting WW3. Until we are willing to also call it for what it is ("declare" it for what it is), we will not be able to win it.
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Obama Is Carter, Not Reagan

Nos Nevets Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 1:54 AM
Obama's actions on foreign policy front make perfect sense if only you keep in mind his main objective is a smaller, poorer, less significant, humbler America. Most in this country don't want that, so he has to take it slow, but he's getting there.
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Multiculturalism Is a Failure

Nos Nevets Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 1:46 AM
I see western NGOs who proclaim themselves multi-culturalists & condemn missionaries for trying to change local 3rd world cultures. That would be a principled position, except those same NGOs work to impose Women's & Homosexual Rights, eliminate female genital mutilation, & increase education (especially for girls), despite being against local cultural (equally valid culture, remember?) values, norms, & felt needs.
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Multiculturalism Is a Failure

Nos Nevets Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 1:36 AM
Curious current case: self-proclaimed Multi-Culturalists refuse to let people from other cultures define themselves. They look at other cultures through their own lenses> E.g., ISIS is not Islamic. It is a religion of peace (whereas the very word Islam means submission, not peace.)
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Multiculturalism Is a Failure

Nos Nevets Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 1:31 AM
re. "The United States of America, backed by facts, is the greediest and most selfish country in the world." Socialism does not eliminate greed & selfishness, but merely changes how it is expressed. Central planners & bureaucrats selfishly devote their time & effort in personal activity & are careless with the other people's lives & money they control. Bribes are significant. The worldview behind socialism pretends Man Is Good (Sowell's "Unconstrained Vision"). So the framework does not even account for greed. Capitalism recognizes reality: Man is Deeply Flawed & Limited (Sowell's "Constrained Vision). Consequently, checks & balances are built in. You only get to control the resources you own. You must find a way to please your customer or starve (variant of Golden Rule).
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Immigration Is American

Nos Nevets Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 1:22 AM
To have laws work, laws must match the needs of society. Otherwise you get black markets. There is supply and demand for immigrants. We need laws that will reasonably fulfill those need within a legal framework. Peruvian economist de Soto makes that case. One example was the Homestead Act, which was actually after-the-fact. There were squatters moving West. The Homestead Act gave the same people a way to do it legally, to the benefit of all.
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