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Better to be Respected than Feared

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That should be America's goal.....As the only superpower, it must be trusted and be reliable, concerned about the interests and national sensibilities of other nations and use a moral compass to guide its decisions. Bullying other nations, including rogue states, into submission by the threat or the use of force is not a viable strategy. The United States must consistently seek to contain these nations through constructive engagement and work with the international community to achieve its objectives. Even rogue states may have legitimate grievances that need to be addressed. They will be far more responsive to multilateral consensus and pressure when other nations close ranks with America. But they will be defiant and challenging when the United States acts unilaterally especially, when its actions are seem as illegitimate and thus largely opposed by the international community.I say this but I also know that Rogue States too have responsibilites......they need to weed out the terrorists in their mist...the ones poisioning the minds of youth or presenting one side of a story to suit their own personal agenda..They must also try to give their citizens a better life. Education is the key to sucess...A Educated person will know when they are being feed alot of crap...either by their Mullah or their President and will know how to respond




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Surenderer said:
That should be America's goal.....As the only superpower, it must be trusted and be reliable, concerned about the interests and national sensibilities of other nations and use a moral compass to guide its decisions. Bullying other nations, including rogue states, into submission by the threat or the use of force is not a viable strategy. The United States must consistently seek to contain these nations through constructive engagement and work with the international community to achieve its objectives. Even rogue states may have legitimate grievances that need to be addressed. They will be far more responsive to multilateral consensus and pressure when other nations close ranks with America. But they will be defiant and challenging when the United States acts unilaterally especially, when its actions are seem as illegitimate and thus largely opposed by the international community.I say this but I also know that Rogue States too have responsibilites......they need to weed out the terrorists in their mist...the ones poisioning the minds of youth or presenting one side of a story to suit their own personal agenda..They must also try to give their citizens a better life. Education is the key to sucess...A Educated person will know when they are being feed alot of crap...either by their Mullah or their President and will know how to respond




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Even rogue states may have legitimate grievances?????

My friend, wake up. Nations other than Great Britain, Australia, etc...will not "close ranks" with us....ever. The French, for example, will never forgive us for having liberated them.

Apologetics for the savagery of the fundamentalists (root causes, etc...) does nothing more than offer critical support to those who would destroy us. Diversionary and morale-sapping exaggerated criticism (Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, etc..) plays right into the hands of the reactionaries and oppressors.
 

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General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the National Press Club on Monday that he had "objected to the use of the term 'war on terrorism' before, because if you call it a war, then you think of people in uniform as being the solution."

Although the military is heavily engaged in the mission now, he said, future efforts require "all instruments of our national power, all instruments of the international communities' national power." The solution is "more diplomatic, more economic, more political than it is military," he concluded.
 
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