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Published: Thursday, Sept. 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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loneamerican
SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT

Diplomacy between friendly countries is a great thing, but diplomatic overtures made to despots and fascist regimes only gets you laughed at by future historians. Britain's prime minister Chamberlain is the best example.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

One experience I have which explains America's weakness in diplomacy and foreign affairs is in 1970's the murderous Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and killed a million people. In about 1980, Vietnam took over Cambodia and drove the Khmer Rouge back into hiding. Because of Cold War competition, the US wanted Vietnam out because that gave the Soviets influence in Cambodia. So we supported a coalition of guerrilla forces which included the Khmer Rouge. If they succeeded, the Khmer Rouge could have returned to power. I called my senator to ask his office, "Why are we supporting this coalition which includes the Khmer Rouge?"

The office staff had the foreign policy specialist call me to hear my concerns. He said he would take a message to give to the senator. When he took the message he asked me, "How do you spell 'Khmer Rouge'?" I never heard from the senator. But I had my answer anyway. If a foreign policy specialist for a senator does not know how to spell Khmer Rouge, we are going to make some really big diplomatic mistakes.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

For goodness sake!
The weapons of choice in a war where countries are struggling, people are really angry, and unschooled.........yes... nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.
The world's population is at peril and may well be blown off the face of the earth if one of these despotic leaders looses it.
Diplomacy, PLEASE!
Mitt Romney and his itchy trigger finger, along with his lack of clear thinking, any education or experience in foreign affairs?
No thank you!

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:no fit in SG

Why would you think Romney has an "itchy trigger finger"?? Never has Mitt ever mentioned going to war ....never!! Romney has simply said what Reagan said - PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!! Having a military so overwhelmingly strong that no one dare step out of line. Do you feel safer in your bed at night with a strong or weak military protecting your shores? Obama wants to CUT our military and Romney wants to do the opposite. The MOST dangerous time is when you are weak and those who hate you see an opportunity to test you. Is this really so hard to understand?? It shouldn't be. The Peace Through Strength doctrine was practiced by two GREAT presidents - JFK and Reagan. Without our show or force off the coast of Cuba we might not even have a United States today!!! Diplomacy is always the first step but diplomacy alone will be guaranteed to lead to war!!! Those that hate us aren't impressed by teleprompter speeches or Nobel Peace prizes - they spit on them and laugh. Now what???? Also- name ONE president who had foreign policy experience prior to being president. Principles are what matter.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@patriot
"Having a military so overwhelmingly strong that no one dare step out of line. "

We already spent 6x that of the second most expensive military in the world... even trimming defense spending by 1/3 still leaves the defense budget at 4x that of China and that's not even counting the cost of our wars. Romney's team is full of Bush era neo-cons that are quite happy with the idea of more wars.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Last thing we need now in the White House is a return to John Bolton NeoCom views of foreign policy. I don't know whether or not Romney is a foreign policy cowboy, but that is part of the problem isn't it?

Moderate Thinking
Astana, Kazakhstan, 00

Thank you Mr. Evensen for your heartfelt article. Like your son, I work in one of the many U.S. missions abroad. Day by day I am impressed by the quality of individuals I work with, people who put their heart and soul into both keeping our country safe, as well as trying to mitigate future problems.

There are those who will focus solely on a few mistakes made. But for every mistake and misstep that has attracted pulic attention, there have been countless untold successes that have come from diplomacy as well.

We live in an imperfect world with a lot of imperfect people, coming from all countries, including our own. I am glad, however, to be priviledged to know and work with so many whose primary purpose is seeking to build a better and safer global community.

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patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:atl134

Your head is in the sand my friend. DEEP in the sand if you believe we can absorb hundreds of billions of dollars of cuts to our military and still remain safe. Did it ever occur to you that our credibility world wide is all backed by our military strength - I guess you skipped Secretary Rice's speech at the RNC??? Am I right?? Typical Jimmy Carter liberal doctrine so I am not surprised with your response. What will you do with all the money - let me guess - give it to your union bosses and other special interests. Am I right??? When the US is weak we are in danger of war and not when we are strong. The liberal mind is NOT the mind of JFK or Reagan so I will just say this to you and all your weak appeasers.... I will gladly put mine and my families future in the hands of strength because that is the ONLY way to secure peace. The gap between liberal socialist thinking and traditional Americana has never been wider in this country and I suspect that trend will only continue.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

We were told by our fearless leader in 2008 that he was uniquely qualified to bring peace to the middle east and sooth the tensions between the radicals and the rest. How's that worked for ya all? We also picked our winners and gave them billions - The Muslim Brotherhood. Now BO isn't sure if they are an ally or an enemy. Say what??? Oh and yes we still give them billions and invite them for White House cocktails as they burn our flag and chant death to America. Isn't it great to have a president with such insights?? I think Elmer Fudd has better insights.

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