Why do those other guys treat us with contempt?
Russia's Strategy Paralyzes US Government
By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Washington, D.C.
The Bush Administration has warned that ties with Russia are imperiled, but the truth is that the US can undertake little more than symbolic action against Moscow. As much as Russia's actions have irritated the Americans, no one is interested in an escalation.
Wait a minute, I thought the Germans believed us to be more dangerous to the world than Iran? Now they complain we take no action?
Of course from the Asia Times we get the opposite....
To the problem of an overstretched, over-toured military there is but one answer in Washington. Both US presidential candidates want to significantly expand the army and the marines. In this article adapted from his new book, The Limits of Power, The End of American Exceptionalism, historian and retired colonel Andrew Bacevich argues that the US does not need a bigger army, it needs a more modest foreign policy.
i.e., since we can't do anything, we shouldn't do anything, and anyway it's 1919 and we can concentrate on ourselves.
I wish. Fervently. However, objective reality tells me that if our existence depends on foreign oil, and foreign trade, and EXPANDING PROFITABLE COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES IN ALL MARKETS....that's a ridiculous dream.
We are hated when we succeed as in Iraq, TWICE, and we are hated when we are perceived to have failed, as in Georgia.
Either way it is the USA that is looked to either by action or inaction as the pivot point and ACTOR when there is a problem in this world. I don't much like it. Anything we do or don't will piss off a hell of a lot of people, pundits, papers, imams, mullahs, leaders, unionists, doctors, lawyers, armies, and the homeless as well. If we free a nation, we find sex slaves being sold, and free the shia and sunni to finally get back to what they were about before Stalin in the form of Saddam arrived. If we don't we have the Hussein family picking girls up off the streets for home amateur porno, and setting the example for the hierarchy, and disappearing those perceived to be troublemakers. If we march into Darfur, we'll kill innocents FOR SURE. If not we are only after oil. If we back Taiwan we are interfering in the affairs of another nation. If not we are treacherous to our friends and harmless to our foes.
- Chinese pogrom against christians? What's America doing about it?
- Rape and genocide in Darfur? What's America doing about it?
- Turkish rejection of secularism? What's America doing about it?
- Still no peace in the ME? What's America doing about it?
- Mugabe being Mugabe? What's America doing about it?
- Glaciers not up to snuff this year? What's America doing about it?
- Chinese gold medal winner still in 4th grade? What's America doing about it?
- My ass is itchy. What's America doing about it?
So we might as well do what's right.What's right?
- What's good for Exxon-Mobil?
- What will spread our ideas about what freedom is?
- Another McDonald's, and Gap in Swat (hey that's REALLY what won the cold war in the long run)?
- More MTV?
- Letting the world just SEE our commercials?
- Documentaries about malls?
- 10 more Aircraft Carriers?
I have a novel idea.
It's what will reduce people's worry about their daily lives and those of their children.
You all can figure out the corollary effects of that in Swat, or Tbilisi, or Kabul, or Caracas, or Medina, OR MOSCOW, Vlad.
That's what's best for AMERICANS.
But you can be sure, THAT will piss off an awful lot of people.
To hell with them. We're not here to please everyone.