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What is Our Foreign Policy?

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Oct 25, 2012 2:20 AM
There can be but one ethical purpose of American Foreign Policy: TO MAINTAIN AND PERPETUATE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS A FREE AND INDEPENDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC. Period. End of subject. Final answer. No other goal can ever be acceptable. To accomplish this, divide the rest of the world into two columns. Assets and Liabilities. Be very nice to those assets, you hear? Now take those liabilities and do nasty things to them until they either (a) clean up their act or (b) become extinct. Got it? Good. Now either go practice your imperialism or hush your mouf" and stop bothering your betters. (Than you Cal for the opportunity your column gave me.)
Wumingren Wrote: Oct 26, 2012 12:48 AM
Can't wait to see one of President Romney's first acts as president: restoring the bust of Churchill to its rightful place in the People's House.
curmudgeon10 Wrote: Oct 25, 2012 10:20 PM
let me apologize in behalf of our nation for the rudeness of the enemy agent in the white house. the insults he has heaped upon our nations friends are unconscionable. however, sometimes even a fool gets something right, and if that fool is also an enemy agent, bent on the destruction of the nation that elected him, then the probability of getting something right goes way up. he wants to harm us, but he is so stupid that sometimes he is right. mr idopas, if you dont get rid of those muslims, you WILL be an enemy country. sorry, obama is just treating you as what you are rapidly becoming. sorry. blind hog, acorn.
jmonaco Wrote: Oct 25, 2012 3:51 PM
... they will offer you their blood, property, life and children, as is said above, when the need is far distant; but when it approaches they turn against you. And that prince who, relying entirely on their promises, has neglected other precautions, is ruined; because friendships that are obtained by payments, and not by greatness or nobility of mind, may indeed be earned, but they are not secured, and in time of need cannot be relied upon; and men have less scruple in offending one who is beloved than one who is feared, for love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.
jmonaco Wrote: Oct 25, 2012 3:50 PM
Indeed, the Anglo-speaking developed world are, and should be, natural allies.

With regard to an ideal foreign policy, it would be good to avoid being hated if possible. But I must point out some wisdom from Machiavelli (from "The Prince"):

Upon this a question arises: whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved? It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with. Because this is to be asserted in general of men, that they are ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous, and as long as you succeed they are yours entirely; (cont'd) ...
Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Oct 25, 2012 9:58 AM
A very bad joke. This guy scares me lots more than any other President or presidential candidate in my lifetime. Imagine if you can a superficially affable and quietly-spoken Lord Haw-Haw as PM instead of mouthpiece. Reason is his mother poisoned his mind by holding up Obama Senior ---who abandoned wife and child twice----as what a man ought to be by virtue of ideology. Then she derided adoptive father Soetoro--------who did right by the both of them------as a cowardly little sell-out because he held down a good job with an oil company. And that is why she divorced him just as soon as some of that oil revenue was safely hers. In short, his ideas of right and wrong are scrambled, probably beyond repair.
Jay Wye Wrote: Oct 25, 2012 9:36 AM
we appreciate the UK's friendship DESPITE Comrade Hussein's repeated insults to your leaders.
Jay Wye Wrote: Oct 25, 2012 9:34 AM
having true friends IS an asset.
the UK,Canada,and Australia,have been with us in our troubles with Islamic terrorists.
We US citizens remember that and appreciate it.
Other nations,they're not so much real friends,but just in it for financial reasons .(like Pak.)
ldopas (voice from the UK) Wrote: Oct 25, 2012 6:54 AM
Well I dont like the word Assets, we in the UK are your allies and friends, we are not figures in columns.

However I take your point. And you would do well to remind your current president Obama, as he started off quite popular over here but has proceded to cow tow and lick the butts of countries who hate you and me, and be dismisive of his allies. That is both rude and of course not very clever geo-politically. People over here now think hes a bit of a joke, and I suspect you agree as well?

After watching the third presidential debate, are you clear on America's foreign policy? I thought not. That's because there appears to be no singular foreign policy, rather a series of foreign policies, which must be tailored to fit each nation.

I expected Mitt Romney to go after President Obama on his most recent foreign policy failure, the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the U.S.

ambassador. The president had no explanation as to why there was inadequate security in Benghazi, preferring instead to say only that we are "going after the...