"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the
battlefield will think hard before starting a war." (Otto Von Bismark).We cannot afford another war!!! Neither in treasure nor in blood; we cannot
afford another war!! We must absolutely use every diplomatic resource available
and we must avoid war at all costs. When our children's and
grandchildren's lives could be endangered, and when missiles are a million
dollars apiece and warplanes are tens of thousands of dollars per hour to
operate you bet; diplomacy is a much better idea than swashbuckling bravado.
It's easy to criticize a leader and say he isn't strong enough and
doesn't do enough to protect American interests abroad; it's a lot
tougher to agonize over committing to military solutions.
patriot claims "Our relationship with our only ally Israel is in
shambles."After Mitt Romney's visit to Israel, Minister of
Defense Ehud Barak said that the Obama Administration has done more for
Israel's security than any previous administration.Unprecendented support. Is that what you mean by "in shambles"?
I am unapologetically voting Obama, if for no other reason than foreign policy
Obama's foreign policy is that the US has been overbearing, arrogant, etc.
He has continually apologized for that bad America. What a disastrous foreign
I just don't get when Obama ever apologized. In this case he definitely
didn't. But I don't get the allegation that he ever did. Just
because you say you want to try diplomacy doesn't mean you're
apologizing for anything. Sheesh, haven't we had enough belligerence from
the neo-cons in the past 10 years? I could understand starting the Afghanistan
war, but the Iraq war was a huge mistake. That is one of the main reasons I
won't vote for Romney; I feel that he would be more likely to follow in
Bush's foreign policy footsteps than I am comfortable with.
re:cjbJohn F Kennedy NEVER apologized for the response to the Cuban
Missile Crisis. Reagan NEVER apologized for the cold war. Obama ALWAYS
apologizes for everything! Hmmm, see the difference in leadership here?
Countries like Iran, North Korea, China and Russia aren't deterred by a
weak country with strong appeasement skills.It is the strong country
that is in position to negotiate. Why do you think Iran is in such a rush to
develop the bomb?
Yes proper diplomacy can be an effective substitute for a largepart of our
overly expensive military. Because I realise this andhave for years, I
understand the wisdom of a presidentapologising when needed.Better we apologise than fight when its avoidable.Too bad so many
others, who would be our leaders don't havethis level of wisdom.
re:WHAT NOW?"If elected, the last thing ryancare/romney will
ever cut will be the defense budget."So let me get this
straight....We live in a world where Iran and other middle east
terror states are joining forces now and sharing intel. Iran is ever so close
now to getting its first nuke. We see the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt exploding
into the American Hating radicals as we predicted they would be and Lybia is
killing our citizens. Russia and China grow ever stronger especially
with their nukes and Navy. So after all of this your first response
is to CUT our military strength??? Did I understand you correctly?? Yes - PEACE is ONLY achieved through strength. JFK and Reagan were both firm
believers. As any diluted liberal usually does you have a knee jerk reaction
anytime a candidate talks about strength and you falsely equate that to WAR.
When we are WEAK is the time to fear war guy - not when we are strong!!!
Peace through strength...has morphed into...Effective
diplomacy can greatly reduce the need for expensive defense measures.Make them an offer they can't refuse?ryancare/romney have
sold their souls to the neocon war machine.If elected, the last
thing ryancare/romney will ever cut will be the defense budget.
This article reminds me of similar articles during the Iran Hostage Crisis of
the Jimmy Carter years. Yes diplomacy. The "solve all" solution in the
liberals mind.The language of Nevil Chamberlain and other appeasers of the past.
Certainly diplomacy is always the first attempt and should be but without an 800
lb gorilla standing behind those words the barbarians of the world simply laugh
it away and spit in your face. Look at the middle east today and tell me how the
"Arab Spring" is working for ya all. Iran and other middle east terror
states are now joining forces and sharing intel as never before. Iran is
dangerously close to getting its first working nuke. Our relationship with our
only ally Israel is in shambles. And here stands the US frozen in the mud and
leading from behind. Romney was exactly right when he said that we MUST have THE
most powerful military in the world - times 10 - so that no one dare step out of
line. Without that threat the terrorists of the world could care less about
teleprompter speeches or Nobel Peace prizes. They spit on them both and murder
‘In our opinion: Effective diplomacy can greatly reduce the need for
expensive defense measures’a better title'In
our opinion: Effective diplomacy won't reduce the need for defensive
measures'Could you imagine a football coach coming out and
stating, we talk soo well with the other teams that we will continue having a
strong offensive game, with the understanding that we will weaken our defensive
game. After all everyone loves us now!And diplomacy worked soo well
during WWI, WWII, Civil War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm I, Desert
Storm II, Afghanistan War, Pakistan War, Libya War, Egypt War, Bosnia War, War
on drugs, War on gangs, War on crime....The fact is, nothing is
going to change. That would require every leader in the world to agree on
everything all of the time. That has never happened in Socialists countries,
Democracies, Theocracies, Dictatorships, military chain of command etc.There is always someone that is going to feel that they are getting the raw
end of the deal. Diplomacy should always be tried first, but, when it fails you
need a good back up plan.
While you’re thanking a soldier, you should remember to thank the American
businessman.The economic oppression of people is the main cause of
all these troubles for people in all the countries of the world. The reason Americans are so hated is because we helped unscrupulous and
criminal governments to oppress their people. Our foreign aid,
largely military, is because of the profits that are made by the American
military industrial complex. When we lend money to foreign governments to buy
American military goods , the money goes to American businessmen and the tanks
and guns go to the foreign government. History has shown us time
and again that when one nation becomes so great and powerful as to rule the
world, the other people and nations will combine in strength to bring that
Astounding. @ Hellooo wants Gaddafi back?
These attacks demonstrate the ineffectiveness of diplomacy and the need for a
strong military to protect american interests. I see nothing in the attacks on
these embassies that would indicate the diplomacy was effective, perhaps heroic
and without a doubt tragic. But, not effective at reducing the need for a
strong military presence. After all, the current Libyan regime was established
by the Presidents misuse of the military, and these tragic deaths are a result
of his misguided policies. The President is directly responsible for setting up
the conditions that led to this tragedy. He should be held accountable for it
by the media, and hopefully by the citizens of this country come election day,
and the families of those that were injured and killed.
If you believe this, then you should support the re-election of the President
rather than supporting Romney and his team of neo-cons. They get in and I
guarantee we will have more war. I am not kidding and this is not mere