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Published: Friday, Feb. 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

This is nothing but left-wing propaganda. Bill Clinton tried nation building and it didn't work then. Obama is trying it, and is failing now.

George Washington taught that we must avoid all foreign entanglements unless national security was directly at issue. Even then, we must simply eliminate the security threat and get out.

If the people of the Third World want to massacre themselves as they have done for thousands of years, that is their business. We are naive if we think we can simply show up and put an instant end to age-old prejudices. We simply throw away American lives when we try to do so.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"This is nothing but left-wing propaganda."

You blame the left?

You seem to agree that we should "avoid all foreign entanglements unless national security was directly at issue. Even then, we must simply eliminate the security threat and get out."

Is that what you think happened in Iraq?

Iraq had nothing to do with our "national security". Neither does Afghanistan.
Except that our "national security" is being diminished daily by the loss of life and the amount of debt we are incurring.

I also agree that we should "simply eliminate the security threat and get out"

Seems to be much more of an Obama modus operandi. Some are just too partisan to recognize it.

Regardless, blaming the left for "nation building" is a joke.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Bill Clinton tried nation building and it didn't work then.

Then what do you call invading Iraq and Afghanistan?

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

This is the wrong way to go about helping nations. I read a study once where they found that if they educated the women and gave them hope that the violence decreased significantly.

While sending in soldiers into the hotspots to protect the innocent, we need to send in people to educate and give hope to the women that are outside the hotspots.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

It is possible to over do foreign entanglement.

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