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Published: Friday, July 29 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Could it be that the policy of the United States to support foreign dictators and corrupt governments to enrich Americans is starting to backfire. Our policy of lending money to the foreign despots for the purchase of American military arms, while making some of the Military Industrial Complex very rich, is in questionable worth as the people in those countries rise up against their dictators. Even if we switch our aid to the rebels, the people may remember their former oppressors and their supplier.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

America is in decline and has been probably since the days of JFK and getting first involved in Vietnam. That should not be in dispute. We had a slight uptick in the 80's and 90's but the trend is generally down. Nothing lasts forever, empires come, peak, decline and fall. That's the way of history. Hopefully we can have an uptick real soon but again the general trend is going down. Think of what the US could do and did after World War II rebuilding Europe and Japan, now we can't even help Haiti--I think that says it all. I think any uptick that could come to stem the tide for a bit needs to come about through our decisions to quit playing Team America, World Police. We also need to focus more on our own problems and our own economy and the American people themselves have to get their house in order. Of course, individual happiness will vary and for many this will be a great time. But again, overall America has seen its best days.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

I endorse UBob. The Arab world will never be happy about the US because they see Israel as our client state. On the other hand the Arab world has a lot of growing up to do. And we need to get off Arab oil and use our own natural gas.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

America's brand of capitalism is in its death throes. Is all there for everyone to see. The top 1% own more than the bottom 90%. American style capitalism cannot endure this maldistribution. Worse, those at the top don't just want most of it - they want all of it - being their own worst enemies. Marx predicted all of this with devastating precision. I've seen this coming, but even though I am a socialist I don't welcome it - indeed it scares me to death because of the dislocations which will come with either a greatly modified capitalism or a type of socialism. In economic history we see the pattern - changing underlying circumstances eventually being linked with a trigger to bring about the revolution. The increasingly top heavy distriubtion of wealth has been the background circumstance (among others). The impending debt default will be the trigger. Socialists such as my self will do our best to help one and all get through this, but there are so few of us. But I can't help but hope that the tea party GOP will see the trigger they are about to pull, and instead pull back.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

On the other hand, I think it is possible to work out this transition. What is required is mutual good will and malice toward none. Let's get on with it. Capitalism has had it!

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